Chichester street-parking price rise halted

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PLANS which could have seen motorists pay 17 per cent more to park on the streets in Chichester have been sent back to the drawing board.

Members of West Sussex County Council’s environmental and community services select committee who discussed the possible hike in on-street parking charges on Wednesday (November 20) decided more information was needed.

Committee chairman Graham Tyler said: “From the debate that we have had so far I can see that a decision we are all happy with is unlikely to be reached.

“For that reason I would like to put a motion to move forward with option five, which is to do nothing. This will allow for a more comprehensive report to be done.

“Parking is a very emotive subject and it is one which is very different in our own areas.”

The council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Pieter Montyn, said was worried about the effect a delay could have.

“I said at the start of the meeting this was not about cost, it was about the management of on-street parking.

“If we do nothing and that goes on for too long I am going to have to ask the committee if there is a shortfall where that money is going to come from.”

The report into the county-wide parking review recommended councillors progress with option four which would see an increase in line with the rate of four years’ worth of inflation plus some added charges for traffic management and permit administration.

This could have seen the cost of residents permits increase from £160 to £185 and on-street pay and display charges leap from £1.20 to £1.40 per hour.

Chris Barrett, the council’s lead professional parking contacts manager said £155,000 would be generated if increases went ahead, but highlighted this surplus would be ring-fenced.

“This is about getting people to park in the right places for the right amount of time. We want people who are staying in places for longer to be using the off-street parking rather than clogging up some of our already busy roads,” said Mr Barrett.

The parking review will be discussed again when the report has been re-drafted.