Car parking charges to rise for first time in three years

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Car parking charges to rise for first time in three years

Posted: 19/08/2011 14:03:49

Herefordshire Council is to increase car parking charges in Kington for the first time in three years but all-day free parking will still be available at the Love Lane and Market Hall Street car park.

Parking will continue to be free after 6pm but charges are being introduced for Sundays, in line with neighbouring authorities, but Bank Holidays will remain free.

In Kington, the Love Lane and Market Hall Street car park will also remain free all day on Sundays while charges for the other council-owned car parks in the town will be a maximum of £1.50 for all day on a Sunday.

The High Street car park is changing designation from being long stay to medium stay but parking here still costs just 40p for up to one hour and £1 for over two hours.

Parking costs are also increasing at the Mill Street car park, up from 30p to 40p for one hour and from £1.20 for all day parking to £1.50.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, transportation and waste, said: “People using car parks in Kington have paid the same prices for the past three years despite rising inflation and the increase in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

“We need to raise charges so we can continue to maintain the car parks to a high standard as well as ensuring we can cope with budgetary pressures following the Government’s reduction in funding.

“The fact people can still park all day in Kington for free is incredible when compared with neighbouring towns such as Hay and Brecon where it costs £2.50 for all day parking.

“We realise car parks are vital to the vitality of the town and have kept the increases to a reasonable level. We have also changed the designation of the High Street car park to medium stay to encourage a higher turnover of spaces so more are available to shoppers,” he added.

The new charges will be advertised prior to coming into effect on November 1, 2011.

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