Chichester car parks face possible price rise

The Cattle Market car park faces a possible price rise
The Cattle Market car park faces a possible price rise

CAR PARKING charges look set to rise if new proposals are agreed next week.

Chichester’s Northgate, Cattle Market, Basin Road and Westgate car parks could see a day’s parking go from £4.50 to £4.90.

“Every year we review our car park charges,” said Gillian Keegan, cabinet member for commercial services at Chichester District Council.

The cabinet is due to make a decision October 6 and will also look at raising charges in rural car parks, including Selsey, East Wittering and Bosham.

“As part of this annual review we are suggesting some small changes to the charging structure in our rural car parks, which will help cover car park expenditure,” said Cllr Keegan.

“We’ve contacted the relevant parish councils and welcome their feedback on the proposals that have been put forward. These proposals have been discussed at our parking forum, which includes businesses, councillors and residents.”

In Chichester, a price increase for the in-demand Little London and Baffins Lane short-stay car parks will also be considered, climbing from £1.20 to £1.40 for an hour’s stay.

Additionally the rural season ticket may face an increase from £10 to £12.50 per month, except for Bosham which may rise to £15.

The Chichester District Parking Forum stated the increases were considered ‘modest and competitive’ when compared to neighbouring authorities.

Other possible changes include a rise in Sunday tariffs in long-stay car parks from £1 for up to four hours to £1 for up to three hours, and £3 for more than four hours as opposed to the previous £2 charge.

As well as this, both x roving and specific season tickets may increase their monthly charge with x roving rising from £44 per month to £47, and specific season tickets from £48 to £52.

Cllr Keegan added: “Once cabinet has discussed the options, businesses and customers across the district will be invited to comment as part of the public consultation process.”

Cabinet meets on October 6 and if the changes are approved there will then be a public consultation.

To view the proposals in full click here.

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