Chichester District Council approves car parking rise

Cattle Market car park.   Photo by Louise Adams
Cattle Market car park. Photo by Louise Adams
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CAR parking prices will rise in April as the council voted to increase its yearly parking income by £197,000.

A scheme to increase parking charges in the district was given the go-ahead at Thursday’s full council meeting (October 24).

Cabinet member for economy, property and tourism, Myles Cullen, defended the price rise.

“It has been three years since any of the season ticket offers have been reviewed,” he said.

Season tickets will see rises of up to £10 a month, and the current £35 car-sharing ticket will be scrapped .

This means car-sharers will have to purchase the X roving season ticket, which will rise to £43 per month.

Season ticket holders in Market Avenue, Market Road and Orchard Street car parks in Chichester will now pay £47 per month instead of £38.33.

There will be no change to Sunday parking charges.

The free period in the car parks in East Street in Selsey and Northern Crescent in East Wittering will be removed and visitors will be charged 20p for up to two hours.

Councillor Graeme Barrett argued the Northern Crescent car park should remain free for an hour’s stay, as it is used by patients of the Witterings Medical Centre.

However, cabinet member John Connor said it was ‘ridiculous’ to single out this car park, as patients at Chichester city surgeries had to pay to park.

Councillor Barrett failed to win a vote to keep the free period.

There will be rises in pay-and-display charges in Chichester car parks of 10p to 20p per hour.