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Increased car parking revenues set to boost Lichfield District Council

Lichfield District Council’s coffers could be boosted by more than £40,000 thanks to a rise in people using the city’s car parks.

At a meeting last night (December 3), the local authority’s Cabinet heard how parking revenues had risen by nine per cent in the second quarter.come the end of the financial year in March 2014.

A report to the council claimed the opening of the new Debenhams store in the city had helped to attract more figures.

Projections suggest the increase could help raise an extra £40,640 by the end of the financial year in March 2014.

The car parking boost was part of a number of figures expected to see the council be £160,000 better than approved budget.

Other boosts to the local authority’s coffers included a reduction in the use of casual employeers and an increase in the recovery of council tax benefit overpayments.

However, the council does face an estimated £15,000 bill for the repair of a lift at the Lichfield Garrick.

“The council’s responsibility as landlord of the Garrick Theatre means it has an obligation to repair the lift,” the report said.

“The lift is the original one installed some 37 years ago when the Civic Hall was built. It was not replaced as part of the Garrick Theatre construction in 2003.

“Recent technical failures mean an overhaul is required in this financial year.”

The full financial report can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s website.

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5 Comments

  1. david smith

    4th December, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I live right in the City Centre, and can walk to all the shops within three to four minutes. Despite this I get in my car and drive OUT of the city to places like Waitrose, Morrisons, or the COOP for daily consumables; and to place like Burton, Sutton Coldfield, or Birmingham for bigger items. Most of the shops in our City centre are boarded up, and those that are left are dull,and expensive. Lichfield, historic as it is, has become a ghost town due to the parking costs. The traders are at great risk of total failure, due to the greedy parking charges. Why would I park at a price, and find what I want has closed up and gone, when I can get it all at almost anyone of the six super market sites outside the City, and three more excellent ones within a couple of miles. And their parking is free. All this is without the draw of the internet. If we still want a City Centre to be proud of, then we need to focus on its culture and great history. The parking charges should be nominal only.

  2. Cynic

    4th December, 2013 at 11:20 am

    David I agree with most of what you have stated but one of the most surprising things you notice in town is the number of young women with kids drinking/eating at the most expensive coffee shops.
    The kids often waste the food by throwing it on the floor – no shortage of money in Lichfield.
    The council are unlikely to consider reducing car park fees – they like to spend spend spend .
    When will they repair those dangerous paving bricks in town?

  3. JCJ

    4th December, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Everyone seems to be parking in Tesco for free and walking in. I couldn’t get a parking spot to even use their store last weekend.

  4. Cynic

    4th December, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    JCJ – We did manage to find a spot but when inside it was not exactly busy.
    If it is a common action I feel sorry for the store – but you can understand why they prefer to park for free.

  5. david smith

    4th December, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    As my previous, I don’t have to pay to park, I have my own private parking area. Despite this I still go out of town every time. In town I think there’s one butcher, and greengrocer and a small cheap-end frozen goods store. Not the place to do any inspired weekly shopping. The council may think they are smart by putting pressure on parking charges. Their faces will smart though when another 4 traders pull out at the next quarter day. The rates, rents and all City premiums are loaded against common sense. Do I care?, well not really because there are much better places to go by car within ten minutes driving, and the parking is FREE. The people who will suffer though are those who have paid a lot of money to come and live in Lichfield, only to find it is a big disappointment. The council will reap what it sows, take off all the pressure off the premiums and parking, and the money will roll in. Lastly, what do the local Chambers of Commerce have to say about all this. A friend of mine who used to be Mayor of Lichfield City, is like most of us, living on memories of better times. Oh and the few old ladies who sit outside the Coffee shops do not represent the total population.