Car parking rise set to hit commuters to Chichester

Cattle Market car park.   Photo by Louise Adams C121922-2
Cattle Market car park. Photo by Louise Adams C121922-2

MOTORISTS are set to pay up to £10 more a month to park in Chichester car parks, if the move is agreed by councillors tomorrow (October 8).

What’s more, Chichester District Council’s car-sharing scheme will be scrapped, and car sharers will be forced to pay £8 more a month for a 
season ticket.

This is part of a bid to increase car-parking income by £197,000 per year, despite the fact the council made profits of nearly £3m from car parks last year.

If the changes are approved at the council’s cabinet meeting next Friday, the changes will come into effect next April.

The monthly season tickets for some of Chichester’s long-stay car parks are currently £38.33, but are set to rise to £47 – at a cost to commuters of nearly £120 more a year.

A yearly ticket will rise from the current price £460 to £517 for specific car parks such as Orchard Street and
South Pallant.

The car-share season ticket is currently £35 and four vehicles can be registered on the ticket. This was part of a district council scheme to reduce traffic and encourage people to car share.

Now, this ticket will be scrapped, and merged with the X Roving season ticket – bought by most commuters – which would rise from £40 to £43 a month from April, meaning less incentive to 
car share.

As well as the increase in season tickets for the city’s car parks, the hourly rates are also set to rise.

In city centre short-stay car parks there will be a slight rise in the hourly rate by up to 20p, which is estimated to increase yearly income by £54,410.

In the long-stay car parks the hike will again be up to 20p per hour, which is expected to increase income by £64,167.20 per year.

Car parks in East Wittering and Selsey will lose the initial free period, in a bid to increase income by £10,000.

However, the council will not increase Sunday parking charges in city car parks for at least a year.

In the cabinet report it described the changes as ‘modest’ and ‘competitive with neighbouring centres’.

The report also stressed the council does not want to cause the ‘deflection of parking into local residential areas’.