As we emerge from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a majority of councillors on the Environment, Climate Change and Transport Committee voted (on 14 June) to increase existing parking charges and introduce charges in places that are currently free.
- Option 1: Introduce charges into offstreet car parks that are currently free
- Option 3: Introduce parking charges into coastal locations
- Option 4: A new and standardised tariff structure across all existing and any new charging locations, both on and offstreet.
Local Conservative Councillors and Liberal Democrats did not support the decision - due to the lack of data on the impact the charges will have and who will be most affected.
In addition, retail areas are struggling to get back on their feet. We need to encourage more people to shop locally, in order to support jobs and more money staying in the local economy, reduce travel distances and carbon emissions.
Three years ago, Labour's previous plan to introduce parking charges on the prom and Kings Parade was dropped.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors have now 'called in' the latest attempt for further review.
We would like to hear your views on the proposed changes.