Councillors agree controversial parking changes

By Richard Wright

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 

Councillors agree controversial parking changes

Isle of Wight Council executive member Cllr Jon Gilbey. Picture by Peter Boam.

FREE parking is to end at council car parks — despite widespread objections.

But, while deciding to re-introduce charges at Appley and Puckpool car parks at Ryde and make them at some other previously free parks, the Isle of Wight Council executive decided against extending charging from 6pm to 8pm.

The proposal which had generated most opposition of all during the authority’s consultation.

Councillors decided on introducing changes and increasing tariffs as soon as practically possible, but, in the case of Moa Place at Freshwater that hinges on consultation with Freshwater Parish Council, which owns it and leases it to the Isle of Wight Council.

The parish council has threatened to terminate the lease if the authority went ahead.

Free parking will go at The Heights, Sandown, and Medina Leisure Centre, Newport, after further consultation with users.

It will also end at Carisbrooke, Wootton, Seaview and Totland although the first hour will still be free.

Free afternoon parking concessions in some towns will end and introduction of on-street charges will be brought forward a month to include March.

There will also be wide-ranging increases in tariffs which have remained unchanged since 2008-9.

Short stays of up to an hour will rise by 30p, one to two hours by 40p, two to three hours by 50p but long stay fees remain largely unchanged.

On-street 30 minute stays rise from 90p to £1 with increases of 10p and 20p on other tariffs.

The rises were agreed despite opposition from councillors in affected and despite the council’s scrutiny committee recommending a comprehensive strategy.

Deputy leader Steve Stubbings said none of the charging introductions were "set in stone" and executive member with responsibility for parking, Cllr Jon Gilbey, said they would iron-out anomalies.

View the increased tariffs below:

Duration of Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
Car Park Tariffs
Short Stay Car Parks - up to 30mins £0.60 £0.90
Short Stay Car Parks - 30 mins – 60 mins £1.00 £1.30
Short Stay Car Parks – 1 – 2 hours £2.00 £2.40
Short Stay Car Parks – 2 - 3 hours £2.90 £3.40
Short Stay Car Parks – 3 – 4 hours £3.80 scrapped
Short Stay Car Parks – 4 - 5 hours £4.60 scrapped
Long Stay Car Parks – up to 30 mins £0.60 scrapped
Long Stay Car Parks - 30 mins – 60 mins £1.00 £1.00
Long Stay Car Parks – 1 – 2 hours £1.90 £2.00
Long Stay Car Parks – 2 - 4 hours £3.40 £3.40
Long Stay Car Parks – 4 - 6 hours £4.50 £4.50
Long Stay Car Parks – 6 - 24 hours £6.60 £6.60
Coach P&D Ticket, upto 10 hours £3.00 £3.00
Coach P&D Ticket, 10 to 14 hours £10.00 £10.00
Coach P&D Ticket, upto 24 hours £13.00 £13.00
On-street tariffs
On Street (Short Stay) - up to 30 mins £0.90 £1.00
On Street (Short Stay) - 30 mins - 60 mins £1.30 £1.50
On Street (Short Stay) – 1 - 2 hours £2.30 £2.50
On Street (Long Stay) - up to 30mins £0.60 £0.70
On Street (Long Stay) - 30 mins – 60 mins £1.00 £1.10
On Street (Long Stay) – 1 – 2 hours £1.90 £2.20
On Street (Long Stay) – 2 - 4 hours £3.40 £3.50
On Street (Long Stay) – 4 – 6 hours £4.50 £4.50
On Street (Long Stay) – 6 – 24 hours £6.60 £6.60

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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