Guildford drivers face car park charge hikes as some season tickets are set to increase by nearly £70

January 17, 2018
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Motorists will soon have to pay more to park in Guildford town centre, if new plans are approved.

Guildford Borough Council has announced plans to increase season ticket prices and day-time charges at short stay car parks by 3%.

It has drawn up plans for a number of parking charge increases, which would raise an extra £269,500 per year.

The proposed increases means people who renew Monday to Saturday season tickets at the York Road and Farnham Road car parks would see £68.66 get added to their current £2,288.95 bill.

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Drivers who pay for season tickets at Bedford Road and Guildford Park would also be hit with a hike.

Motorists who park at five council-run car parks on weekdays and Saturdays between 8am and 6pm would have to pay £1.30 per hour.

Those car parks are Bedford Road Multi Storey, Mary Road, Bright Hill, Millbrook and G Live.

The council is also looking to introduce the £1.30 hourly charges at Lawn Road, St Joseph’s Church, Robin Hood and Millmead House on Saturdays and public holidays.

Council officers have also recommended a 5% increase for contract parking charges at car parks around Guildford.

Extra income raised by new parking charges

£220,000

3% hike a short stay car parks

£26,000

3% season ticket price hike

£22,000

5% contract parking charge

£1,500

3% increase in garage rents

Guildford Borough Council

They say a number of contract spaces, otherwise known as reserved spaces, will be unavailable during town centre developments but demand remains “strong”.

A council report states a 5% increase is recommended to “control demand”.

While 3% increases of parking charges at 80 in-demand garages around the town centre are also up for approval.

The proposed increases are outlined in The Parking Business Plan 2018, which is expected to be approved at a meeting of the council’s executive on Tuesday (January 23).

A council report states it must try and “find the right balance” when setting charges so it can “encourage business” and “reduce congestion”.

It also states the additional income would be used to meet annual running costs of around £7,800 and install new pay and display machines.

You can read the full council report here.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/guildford-drivers-face-car-park-14161407


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