Chichester’s new car parking scheme looks set to stay

PAY-ON-RETURN car parks are here to stay, as Chichester district councillors voted to set aside up to £210,000 on the project.

The Avenue de Chartes multi-storey car park and the Westgate Leisure Centre have both switched to pay-on-foot methods, where payment is made at the end of the visit.

And the council hasn’t ruled out changing more of the city’s car parks in the future.

At the full council meeting on Tuesday (May 21), members approved the recommendation to release the money to replace parking machines in the two 
car parks.

Cllr Myles Cullen said the project will pay off in the long run, and the council should get the money back within three years.

The move should benefit city businesses too, as people won’t be ‘rushing back to their cars’ and will spend more time in the city.

Paul Over, executive director of support services and the economy at the council, said: “Profits go up when you move to a pay-on-foot system.”

The vote to approve the plan was won by a majority vote, with one councillor abstaining.