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Council aims to raise Exeter car parking charges

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

By Anne Byrne

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CHARGES in nine of the city council's car parks look set to increase in January.

Some of the biggest increases will be in Howell Road and Magdalen Road (formerly Fairpark) with the cost of parking for two to three hours almost doubling from £1.70 to £3.30.

The increases come as a report to the city council's executive shows that income from car parking charges is set to exceed expectations – in 2012/13 income was expected to be £5,159,990 but is forecast to raise £5,219,990.

And it could be more with the reopening of what is now the John Lewis car park in King William Street.

The changes are due to be discussed at the city's executive on Tuesday, November 20. If approved, charges at 10 city council car parks would remain unchanged, including the city's premium car parks – Guildhall, John Lewis and Mary Arches.

Charges at seven car parks, including Holman Way in Topsham and Okehampton Street are set to decrease. In Okehampton Street, the cost of parking for three to four hours will drop from £1.70 to £1.20.

Mark Parkinson, one of the city's strategic directors, told the Echo: "Earlier this year a cross party working group looked into various parking issues.

"Among their recommendations was the desire for a clearer tariff structure.

"As a result we are looking to introduce just four tariff bands across all our off-street car parks, these being premier, short stay shoppers, long stay visitors and local car parks.

"Consequently the tariffs at some car parks have increased, while in others they have gone down depending upon which of the new bands they have been placed."

Pete Edwards, leader of the city council, said: "We have tried not to increase the charges and it is not as if we have increased charges across the board, as some have actually gone down.

"Instead we have tried to standardise them according to their new banding."

It is recommended that the cost of the 24-hour parking permits made available to the Royal Clarence Hotel increases from £9.50 to £10.50.

It is also proposed to increase the charges for coach parking at Haven Banks from £3 to £5 for any period and to remove the maximum stay limitation at Gordon's Place, off Fore Street, Heavitree, to bring this into line with other local car parks.

It is recommended that season ticket prices remain at the level they are now.

If approved the changes would come into effect on January 21.

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  • roverdale  |  January 09 2013, 9:26PM

    Apathy rains supreme and it is a labour controlled council.

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  • korinthias  |  January 09 2013, 12:50PM

    At the Haven Banks car park you can currently park for the day (over four hours), for £1.60. The new proposals which you can view here: http://tinyurl.com/apztgf2 mean that a 5 hour plus stay will cost £6.20. I calculate that as a 388% increase? Hardly inline with inflation!

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  • roverdale  |  November 15 2012, 7:49PM

    That is bound to be detrimental to the environment. People will be driving around streets adding to the carbon footprint, looking for either a free parking space or somewhere cheaper on the streets. Residents have been sucked into the permit scheme, which means through the day there are many gaps on street where you could park, but for the scheme. Vacant parking spaces abound all over the city through the day, but only if you live there and have a permit can you park. Is that selfishness on behalf of the residence or what? It would be better to relax the permit scheme through the day. But and it is a big but, the council are out to take your money and the more they take off of you, the less you have to spend in the shops. And going on what is said regarding the income in this article, it could be 10 million pounds that they are taking away from the shops. Councillors can't think, they are told what to do by the officers, so why vote for a councillor when they carry not one ounce of weight? They are just puppets on a string.

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