VOTE: Should the district council charge more for parking to cover the shortfall for rural car parks?

RESIDENTS, businesses and parish councils in the Midhurst and Petworth area are being urged to attend one of six community meetings which will discuss options for future pricing structures in rural car parks amid concerns over costs.

It is 18 months since the Chichester District Council introduced its controversial rural car-parking charges in April 2011, in six of its rural communities, including Midhurst and Petworth.

“Since then, the council has analysed its figures and found the money generated is not covering the cost to provide the car parks,” said a statement released this week.

“It now wants to discuss options with residents, businesses and parish councils on how they would like to see the cost covered. Each community will be looked at separately, with different solutions for each.”

There was a deficit of more than £9,100 across the three Midhurst car parks, it has been revealed, and Petworth’s town centre car park is in the red to the tune of a further £9,867.

Based on current figures, the collective rural car park operations were resulting in a shortfall of more than £120,000 a year.

The meetings will be held between 6pm and 8pm, for Midhurst on November 13 at Capron House, and for Petworth on November 14 at the Leconfield Hall.

Anyone unable to attend a meeting and wanting to have a say should visit www.chichester.gov.uk/carparkconsultations before Friday, November 30.

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Should the district council charge more for parking to cover the shortfall for rural car parks?

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