CAR PARKING charges in Uttoxeter are set to increase next year. East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved a number of recommendations to change car parking in the borough. Visitors to ESBC owned car parks - including those at The Maltings, Trinity Road, and the Leisure Centre, all in Uttoxeter – will see the increase come into force as of April 2020.
A spokesman for ESBC said: “The council will be reintroducing its two hour £1.40 parking tariff, effective from April 2020.
“The increase, from £1 to £1.40 is in line with expected inflation rates and the council’s Fees and Charges Policy.
“It means that visitors to ESBC car parks will pay the same amount for two hours parking as they did between 2008 and 2011.”
The spokesman also explained that car park users will soon be able to pay for their parking by using an app via their mobile phone – this is part of an 18 to 24 month long trial.
The spokesman said: “This will allow visitors to pay for their parking remotely, removing the need to return to the machine to top up their payment and will stop users having to estimate their length of stay.
“Cash payment will still be available across all car parks ensuring all visitors are catered for.”
ESBC Cabinet has also approved a recommendation to “explore the use of Section 106 funding towards the introduction of electric vehicle charging points within council owned car parks.”
The spokesman explained: “Section 106 obligations are agreements made between a local authority and developers, which are attached to the planning permission, and can be used, amongst other things, to invest in local infrastructure.”
Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Regulatory and Community Support, said: “I am delighted that the council will be moving forward with plans to improve and modernise car parking in the borough.
“Many car parks in cities across the county have the option to pay via mobile phone and I’m excited to see it being trialled in East Staffordshire.
“Its introduction will not only provide residents and visitors to the town with more choice but it will allow the council to continue to improve its service.”
ESBC have confirmed that the current “Free after Three” parking on it’s car parks will remain in place.
However, Burton and Uttoxeter Labour Party have called on the Conservative run ESBC to scrap the free car parking after 3pm in a move that the party states would “see an immediate financial return to the council.”
Labour has called on the ruling group to scrap increasing parking charges to plug a deficit, and to “engage in a proper consultation on how best to make car park charges work for the many in Burton and Uttoxeter.”
Paul Walker chairman of Burton and Uttoxeter Labour Party said: “If they (ESBC) want to fill in the gaps in their Medium-Term Financial Plan, then they should take the initial step of scrapping this costly exercise (free after three car parking).
“Then we may be able to have a proper conversation with local residents and businesses on how best to make the car parking pricing structure work for all sides.”
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