Parking costs U-turn demand

Kidderminster Shuttle: Parking charges are set to rise in Worcester Parking charges are set to rise in Worcester

WORCESTER’S MP has hit out over “inexplicable” proposals to raise parking charges in the city.

Conservative Robin Walker says Worcester City Council should do a U-turn on the proposed changes in a bid to help the public.

But his stance has been rubbished by the Labour leadership, which says the old tariffs discouraged people from driving to the city to shop.

As your Worcester News revealed on Tuesday, the council wants to scrap its current 30-minute tariffs, which allow people to pay as little as 40p at selected sites.

Instead, drivers will be forced to pay for at least an hour, and the current deal where people can pay £1 after 7pm is also being scrapped.

Labour say the £1 rate, which was launched back in January, did nothing to encourage people into Worcester during the evenings.

Four-hour stays at car parks in Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket Street and Providence Street will also go up, from £5 to £6.

Mr Walker said: “Each of these changes on their own would be bad for business, but collectively they represent a slap in the face to the high street.

“I am glad that in the run- up to Christmas and the aftermath of a very successful Victorian Christmas Fayre, we have the usual discounts on parking put in place by the previous administration.

“What I find inexplicable is to make a series of increases to parking charges when they know that this could actually decrease revenue.

“It could encourage people to park elsewhere or even worse, discourage them from visiting the city centre.

“Our shops and high street need all the support that they can get to ensure a strong economic recovery.

“These moves put revenues at risk and people living in the residential areas around the centre could suffer from increased overcrowding if car parks go unused.”

The Labour leadership says that even with the rises, Worcester’s council-run car parks will still be cheaper than most rival areas.

Councillor Richard Boorn, the cabinet member for finance, said: “All-day parking in Gloucester is £6. Here, at St Martin’s Gate it is £3.60.

“Their whole argument is erroneous. Try going to Birmingham and places like that to find cheaper parking.

“The half-hour rate did nothing for revenue and discouraged people from spending more time in the city.”

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10:25pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Samboy says...

To quote Birmingham is ridiculous. Generally charges for parking are based on what the Centre has to offer. Thus Malvern, Evesham, Pershore and Bromsgrove are cheaper. The number of empty and charity shops places Worcester alongside these other provincial towns. The Labour Group have made it clear over the years that they are opposed to cars entering the City Only a few weeks ago you quoted one Labour Councillor as saying the use of cars should be discouraged..
To quote Birmingham is ridiculous. Generally charges for parking are based on what the Centre has to offer. Thus Malvern, Evesham, Pershore and Bromsgrove are cheaper. The number of empty and charity shops places Worcester alongside these other provincial towns. The Labour Group have made it clear over the years that they are opposed to cars entering the City Only a few weeks ago you quoted one Labour Councillor as saying the use of cars should be discouraged.. Samboy

10:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

JackBarley says...

Well looks like Christmas shopping at Merry Hill yet again.
Well looks like Christmas shopping at Merry Hill yet again. JackBarley

11:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

johnowat says...

When are we going to get some proper real people to run this city ???
When are we going to get some proper real people to run this city ??? johnowat

8:17am Sat 7 Dec 13

New Kid on the Block says...

Parking charges are discouraging people from coming to Worcester so the plan is to increase charges which will somehow encourage people to come to Worcester.
If you follow this logic the Electricity companies should be encouraged to put up prices in order to save us money.
What would improve things would be to reintroduce the system we used to have where ticket machines gave the correct parking time for the amount of money inserted. That way you could pay for 45 minutes or 1 1/2 hours etc depending on what time you needed.
Parking charges are discouraging people from coming to Worcester so the plan is to increase charges which will somehow encourage people to come to Worcester. If you follow this logic the Electricity companies should be encouraged to put up prices in order to save us money. What would improve things would be to reintroduce the system we used to have where ticket machines gave the correct parking time for the amount of money inserted. That way you could pay for 45 minutes or 1 1/2 hours etc depending on what time you needed. New Kid on the Block

8:29am Sat 7 Dec 13

copierman says...

Samboy wrote:
To quote Birmingham is ridiculous. Generally charges for parking are based on what the Centre has to offer. Thus Malvern, Evesham, Pershore and Bromsgrove are cheaper. The number of empty and charity shops places Worcester alongside these other provincial towns. The Labour Group have made it clear over the years that they are opposed to cars entering the City Only a few weeks ago you quoted one Labour Councillor as saying the use of cars should be discouraged..
These Labour Councillors must have a death wish for our City!
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: To quote Birmingham is ridiculous. Generally charges for parking are based on what the Centre has to offer. Thus Malvern, Evesham, Pershore and Bromsgrove are cheaper. The number of empty and charity shops places Worcester alongside these other provincial towns. The Labour Group have made it clear over the years that they are opposed to cars entering the City Only a few weeks ago you quoted one Labour Councillor as saying the use of cars should be discouraged..[/p][/quote]These Labour Councillors must have a death wish for our City! copierman

9:46am Sat 7 Dec 13

My Chimp says...

"A bid to help the public"? Who's he trying to kid?

His out-of-touch, over-privileged mates in Westminster are currently stealing my pension and making my wife redundant. Thanks very much.
"A bid to help the public"? Who's he trying to kid? His out-of-touch, over-privileged mates in Westminster are currently stealing my pension and making my wife redundant. Thanks very much. My Chimp

1:00pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

New Kid on the Block Your so right.
The previous Tory administration were robbing those who parked for just a minute or two over the hour. And when they introduced pay by credit card there was a wonderfull opportunity to introduce charging only for what was used. But then then Smart alec councillor responsible Marc Bayliss said, a) the machines could not give change and b) no reply to only take the ammount DUE off the debit card presented.
New Kid on the Block Your so right. The previous Tory administration were robbing those who parked for just a minute or two over the hour. And when they introduced pay by credit card there was a wonderfull opportunity to introduce charging only for what was used. But then then Smart alec councillor responsible Marc Bayliss said, a) the machines could not give change and b) no reply to only take the ammount DUE off the debit card presented. Jabbadad

4:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

New Kid on the Block says...

Jabbadad wrote:
New Kid on the Block Your so right.
The previous Tory administration were robbing those who parked for just a minute or two over the hour. And when they introduced pay by credit card there was a wonderfull opportunity to introduce charging only for what was used. But then then Smart alec councillor responsible Marc Bayliss said, a) the machines could not give change and b) no reply to only take the ammount DUE off the debit card presented.
We used to have a system of ticket machines that would issue a ticket giving the amount of time paid for. The more money you put in th4e longer the ticket was valid for. As long as you paid the minimum amount you could then increase your payment an the machine would calculate how much time you had paid for.
The withdrawal of this system was nothing to do with paying by credit card. We didn't need an opportunity to introduce charging for what was used as we already had it.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: New Kid on the Block Your so right. The previous Tory administration were robbing those who parked for just a minute or two over the hour. And when they introduced pay by credit card there was a wonderfull opportunity to introduce charging only for what was used. But then then Smart alec councillor responsible Marc Bayliss said, a) the machines could not give change and b) no reply to only take the ammount DUE off the debit card presented.[/p][/quote]We used to have a system of ticket machines that would issue a ticket giving the amount of time paid for. The more money you put in th4e longer the ticket was valid for. As long as you paid the minimum amount you could then increase your payment an the machine would calculate how much time you had paid for. The withdrawal of this system was nothing to do with paying by credit card. We didn't need an opportunity to introduce charging for what was used as we already had it. New Kid on the Block

8:45pm Sat 7 Dec 13

newike says...

A little bit of common sense is needed. The busiest car park in the city is at ASDA. It is £1 for three hours and people with cars queue up to pay. Three hours is long enough to shop in the city. Why not try it in authority car parks for a month ? If it is the same charge throughout the city, then Asda has no benefit other than supermarket shopping. I would rather pay £1 than £3 for three hours. Alternatively use the park and ride its also cheaper than council parking.
A little bit of common sense is needed. The busiest car park in the city is at ASDA. It is £1 for three hours and people with cars queue up to pay. Three hours is long enough to shop in the city. Why not try it in authority car parks for a month ? If it is the same charge throughout the city, then Asda has no benefit other than supermarket shopping. I would rather pay £1 than £3 for three hours. Alternatively use the park and ride its also cheaper than council parking. newike

8:50pm Tue 17 Dec 13

IanMurray says...

Perhaps if the council hadn't spent so much money reducing the number of car parking spaces in Croft Road earlier this year, - now wild flower beds - they would have been enjoying the revenue from those lost spaces. Ever since cars, from 9:30am until about 2:30pm, Monday to Saturday cars are being turned away unable to find a space. Huge loss of revenue to the council and I personally now come into Worcester by train which is about the same price as petrol & parking, but without the problem of waiting for a car parking space.
Perhaps if the council hadn't spent so much money reducing the number of car parking spaces in Croft Road earlier this year, - now wild flower beds - they would have been enjoying the revenue from those lost spaces. Ever since cars, from 9:30am until about 2:30pm, Monday to Saturday cars are being turned away unable to find a space. Huge loss of revenue to the council and I personally now come into Worcester by train which is about the same price as petrol & parking, but without the problem of waiting for a car parking space. IanMurray

5:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mike Fisher says...

All town centre parking up to 3 hours should be free funded by the commercial interests in the city. The out of town businesses provide free parking for their customers. I note M&S is planing to open a large development at the old Longbridge works by jctn 4. of the M5, bet there's free parking there.
All town centre parking up to 3 hours should be free funded by the commercial interests in the city. The out of town businesses provide free parking for their customers. I note M&S is planing to open a large development at the old Longbridge works by jctn 4. of the M5, bet there's free parking there. Mike Fisher
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