Parking plans set for approval

By David Newble

Friday, June 27, 2014


CONTROVERSIAL parking proposals look set to be rubber stamped by the Isle of Wight Council.

The proposals, if approved as recommended in reports published today (Friday), will see chargeable hours in the majority of council car parks and on-street-parking meters extended from 6pm until 8pm.

The plans, which sparked a storm of protest, will also result in free afternoon parking being scrapped in Cowes, Sandown, Newport, Shanklin and Ventnor, along with free parking at The Heights, Sandown, and the Medina Leisure Centre, Newport.

However, free parking at the centres will be available for three hours for One Card holders.

Other changes being recommended for approval include:

1) Introduce long-stay 'Pay and Display charges at Appley, Puckpool, Carisbrooke, Newport Harbour, Seaclose Recreation Ground, Pier Road, Seaview, the Broadway, Totland, Totland Esplanade, Brannon Way, Wootton and Blackgang Viewpoint.

2) Scrap half-hour parking at Moa Place, Freshwater.

A report recommending the changes is due to go before the IW Council’s ruling executive at its meeting on July 7.

It is estimated the new charges will generate an extra annual income of £256,000 for council coffers. The authority is facing a £28 million budget deficit over the next three years.

A total of 543 valid objections to the proposals were received by the council during a consultation period which ran between May 9 and June 6.

Executive member for resources Cllr Jon Gilbey said: "We completely recognise the issue of car-parking charges can be a very emotive issue, but at the same time, the council is facing increased costs in its highways and transportation budget and has not increased its car parking charges since April 2008.

"We have tried to reduce the likely impact on individuals with the introduction of a new parking permit, which at £295 represents very good value — especially if purchased by monthly direct debit.

"Full consideration has been given to all valid objections, petitions and comments received as part of the consultation. Details of the consultation, the analysis of the responses and the recommendation will now be considered by the executive.

"This was a very detailed process and fair and proper consideration has been given to the range of valid responses received."

Details of the recommended changes to parking charges and the consultation process can be viewed via the link to the report:



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by George Hollett

30th June 2014, at 13:14:08

I thought the Beatles song was entitled 'Hey Jude'...

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by roger mazillius

29th June 2014, at 14:01:48

Please get back to the topic.

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by Mike Crowe

29th June 2014, at 10:20:21

Baz, it's the speak like. Know what I mean like? You have to be with it like. It's the uniform like. You know, the baseball hat back to front like.

Get it like?

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by Jack Woodford

29th June 2014, at 09:41:46

Another fantastic contribution, Baz.
Well done, dude.

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by Baz Taylor

29th June 2014, at 09:08:14

Great idea DUDE. Do you happen to like the Beatles song, "Hey Dude"? You seem to love that pathetic word.

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by Jack Woodford

29th June 2014, at 07:36:38

Not at all Baz - great comment, in fact. Hopefully the CP will read your post and decide to become a daily. I'm sure they have not thought of that before and the local newspaper industry is booming as you know.
Hey, come to think of it, why not make it twice daily?
Perhaps a reporter could even call round to your house and give you hourly bulletins as well.
I despair sometimes.

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by Baz Taylor

28th June 2014, at 20:47:55

I have to agree with SPT about the CP being a poor excuse for a "newspaper". If something happens on the island on a Saturday or any other day apart from a Thusday, it's not reported until the Friday! One issue a week? How is that "news"? Some may say that there is this on-line version to look at. I'm afraid a lot of my neighbours are elderly and don't have the use of computers. I would have thought a smaller issue each day and then one large "Weekender" on a Friday. Move with the times CP!
Hey, Jack, "DUDE". Hope that wasn't too insulting for you, bless your little cotton socks Dude!

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by Steve Williams

28th June 2014, at 17:24:10

Anything that helps get cars off the road in favour of public transport and/or helps keep my £151 a month council tax down, gets the big thumbs up from me.

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by alan naylor

28th June 2014, at 17:20:26

Dr.Beechings inheritence

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by roger mazillius

28th June 2014, at 16:29:29

Is ANYONE in favour of these increases?
Jack, absolutely spot on re previous consultations and I await with much interest reading just how the Executive are going to deal with this issue. My bet is most if not all will be "rubber stamped"!
Don, we've all be junckered! Just a chance DC will hang tough enough to make them see some sense otherwise out we go!
PS DB, can't remember actually seeing any bombers but vividly remember a Hurricane chasing a V1 out of my bedroom window in late 1944! There would be no EEC if Hitler's lot had won although it seems we are all now beholden to another German Chancellor!

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