For three years running Labour has increased parking charges in the borough. This year, election year, they have given us a year off. For four years the previous Conservative administration froze these charges. The Labour administration has set out to double its income from these charges as a part of its efforts to add Â£10 million a year to the fees and charges it collects from the public.
Parking permits in the 2/3 hours zones are Â£50. For four years they were Â£25. They have doubled (100% increase).
Parking permits in the all day zones are Â£80. For four years they were Â£45. Again they have almost doubled (78% increase).
Hourly visitorsâ€™ vouchers in the 2/3 hour zones have gone up 50%. They were 40p for four years. Now they are 60p.
It is a lot worse in the all day zones. They used to get 3 hours for 40p. Now it is 60p an hour. A 350% increase. The all day visitorâ€™s vouchers were Â£1 for four years. They have gone up 350% to Â£4.50. We intend to do something about this particularly egregious rise but more on that another day.
These charges far exceed the cost of administering and policing the controlled parking zones. By the time the council has finished it will have at least doubled its income from these charges. In just the first year of Labourâ€™s rises income from parking charges rose 43%.
Interestingly Labour is calling our pledges “costly promises”. If they reckon that freezing these charges after they have been ramped so steeply is “costly” I can only imagine that they intend to double parking income again in the next four years if they get back in.