Review of Chichester’s Sunday parking charges

THE impact of Sunday parking charges in the city centre will be set out in a report to councillors on Thursday (September 5).

Sunday charges in the city centre car parks were approved in September, 2011, with officers estimating it would generate an extra £180,000 in income for Chichester District Council.

However, according to a review set to be considered by members of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee, last year’s income exceeded that target by £72,252.

In 2012/13, total Sunday pay-and-display income was £252,252.

A further £29,675 was made in parking charge notices issued within car parks on Sundays.

“Prior to this introduction, many of the local residents and businesses had been concerned this change would discourage people from visiting the city centre and would have a knock-on effect to the traders,” said report author Kenrick Garraway, assistant director of economy.

“There was also a concern this would encourage motorists to park in already congested residential areas.”

However, figures from the City Centre Partnership’s footfall camera showed an overall increase in Sunday visitors of around 25 per cent – from 813,155 in 2011/12 to 1,013,512 in 2012/13.

Mr Garraway said the number of parking fines imposed on-street after the council moved to seven-day enforcement showed drivers had not been deflected to on-street parking.

In total, 550 parking tickets were issued on-street, on Sundays, in 2012/13.