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Changes to car parking charges in Lichfield could raise more than £200,000.
A new report from Lichfield District Council has recommended increases to hourly rates and season passes.
The changes would see short stay prices become:
One hour – £1 (10p increase)
Two hours – £1.90 (10p increase)
Three hours – £2.90 (20p increase)
Four hours – £3.80 (20p increase)
All day – £8 (£1 increase)
Meanwhile, long stay car parks would see charges of:
Four hours – £2.10 (10p increase)
Six hours – £3.20 (20p increase)
All day – £4.30 (30p increase)
Drivers holding parking permits will also see a rise, with six month passes going up by £50 to £250, while one month tickets will increase £10 to £50.
A report from Cllr Helen Fisher, Cabinet member for tourism at Lichfield District Council, said the new proposals had come about after a consultation with local residents.
“It is estimated that the proposed tariff rises will generate approximately £200,000 in income and ensure that the costs of the parking operation will be covered in future years,” Cllr Fisher’s report said.
However, the consultation revealed that not all groups were supportive of the charging changes.
The Lichfield Business Improvement District said it could not support increases due to the potential impact on local businesses, and said that rises in permit charges could have a significant impact on low-paid or part-time workers in the city.
The Friends of Beacon Park also raised concerns that an increased tariff could see drivers using residential streets instead.
The new proposals will be discussed at the council’s economic growth, environment and development overview and scrutiny meeting tomorrow (April 21).