Parking charge changes expected in the summer

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, March 20, 2014


CHANGES to parking charges have been confirmed by the Isle of Wight Council.

As previously reported, the changes were agreed at last month’s budget meeting, and are likely to be implemented in late May or early June.

The council said most of the changes related to short stay car parks, with charges rising by between 30p or 40p for various time periods, while long stay car parks were largely unaffected, except for a 10p rise for a one to two hour stay.

The maximum stay in a short stay car park will also become three hours, while the charge for a stay of up to 30 minutes in a long stay car park has been removed, meaning the minimum charge will be for one hour.

The council said it hoped the changes would increase the rate of turnover in car parks giving people greater accessibility to nearby businesses.

Many charges for on-street parking will also rise by between 10p and 20p.

A new residents parking permit will be introduced, costing £295 for a year. Permit holders will be able to park for two hours in a short stay car park or six hours in a long stay car park.

The permit can be extended to allow for 24 hours parking in any long stay car park for an additional cost of £125.

Other changes will see charging hours extended to 8pm every day in all areas instead of the current 6pm limit.

Free parking at Appley Car Park, Ryde, and Moa Place, Freshwater, will be removed.

It will also be removed at the Heights Leisure Centre, Sandown and Medina Leisure Centre, Newport, however One Card holders who pay annually or by direct debit will be eligible for two hours free parking.

Cllr Jon Gilbey, cabinet member for highways, said: "This is the first time some of our charges have risen for six years and is among many difficult decisions the council has had to make in relation to its budget for the next three years. Across the council we are faced with finding savings of £28 million and will not be able to meet our commitments to transportation activities, such as subsidising concessionary bus fares, without this increase in charges.

"We have endeavoured to ensure the new fees are as fair as we can make them in light of this financial position - and it is important to reiterate that for many fees there will not be any increase. It is also interesting to note, for comparison, that Portsmouth charges up to £1.60 for an hour's stay, compared to £1.30 for an hour in one of our short stay car parks, and it is £10 for an all day stay in Portsmouth compared to £6.60 in one of our long stay car parks."

CAR PARK TARIFFS 13/14 14/15
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 (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

Residents' On Street (P&D) Permit - Newport £45.00 £50.00
Residents' On Street (P&D) Permit - Esplanades £46.20 £50.00
Residents' On Street (P&D) Permit - Parade £46.20 £50.00
Residents' Zone Permit £40.00 £45.00
Residents' Zone Permit M/C £10.00 £10.00
Visitors Permits (10 X 1 day permits) £5.00 £5.00

CAR PARK PERMITS 13/14 14/15
Long Stay Permit - 12 Months £500.00 Scrapped
Resident Permit - 12 Months up to 6 hours parking - £295.00
Resident Permit - 12 Months top up for 24 hour parking - £125.00

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