Half-hour parking in city could be axed

Evesham Journal: CHANGES: Parking charges are among a raft of measures to be considered in the city council’s draft budget plan. CHANGES: Parking charges are among a raft of measures to be considered in the city council’s draft budget plan.

HALF-hour car parking could be scrapped in Worcester’s city centre car parks under budget plans announced by Worcester City Council.

The council says the 30-minute option discourages shoppers from spending time in the centre of Worcester, adding they want to change the shortest charging period to one hour.

Meanwhile, the £1 charge for parking between 7pm and 9pm could also be ditched as the city council says that it has produced no increased use of car parks in the evening.

The moves come as part of a draft budget plan by the city council, which aims to save almost one million pounds in the next financial year to meet a government funding cut of 15 per cent.

Other car park alterations include changing the Croft Road car park from a ‘long stay’ to ‘medium stay’, resulting in a projected £85,000 extra revenue each year.

Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street – the highest turnover car parks – will have their long stay rates increased, with four hours costing £6 instead of £5.

Elsewhere in the draft report, set to be debated by Cabinet next Tuesday, the price of adult cremations will increase from £610 to £700 to include a service, music and a biodegradable urn.

The optional garden waste service, which has 5,000 customers, could also increase by £10 to £47 per year, which the Worcester City Council says is “excellent value”.

An estimated £1.3 million in New Homes Bonus cash, awarded to the council by central government in recognition of how many new homes are built in the city, will be received by the city council in the next financial year. Councillor Richard Boorn, the cabinet member for delivering value for money, said: “We recently revealed our vision for Worcester as a city of ambition, a city of opportunity and a city where no one is left behind.

“This budget is designed to help us deliver that vision while continuing to provide the quality services that our residents have a right to expect.

“We’ve also taken a detailed look at our future finances and this budget will give us a strong foundation – despite the intense financial pressures caused by the Government’s funding cuts – for balancing the books in each of the four years ahead.”

CCTV maintenance will be covered by a different company with no scheduled increase in cost.

The 2014/15 proposals are the first part of a four-year plan.

 

THE KEY PROPOSED CHANGES

 Croft Road car park to change from Long Stay to Medium Stay.
 The 30-minute city centre parking to be scrapped.
 £1 flat rate parking charge between 7pm to 9pm to be scrapped.
 Garden waste scheme to be increased from £37 to £47 per year.
 The cost of adult cremations cost to go up from £610 to £700.
 £1.3 million central government cash injection from New Homes Bonus scheme.

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8:47am Tue 3 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Sounds like I'll be dropping the brown bin collection then.

They made a complete hash of the "by request" collections this year, I don't see why I should pay £47 in future for such a poor service.

I might as well just take it up the dump myself like I used to do.
Sounds like I'll be dropping the brown bin collection then. They made a complete hash of the "by request" collections this year, I don't see why I should pay £47 in future for such a poor service. I might as well just take it up the dump myself like I used to do. Hwicce

9:50am Tue 3 Dec 13

b1ackb1rd says...

News flash - people park where it's convenient for them, regardless what label council put on that car park.
What makes councillors think scrapping 30 minute parking will make people spend more time in town? Do they think we are going to open our wallets and spend like crazy because I've paid for an hour? Worcester is a one-horse town, why would anyone need more than 30 minutes anyway?
More likely the council know they can receive double revenue for each space that's vacated early??
News flash - people park where it's convenient for them, regardless what label council put on that car park. What makes councillors think scrapping 30 minute parking will make people spend more time in town? Do they think we are going to open our wallets and spend like crazy because I've paid for an hour? Worcester is a one-horse town, why would anyone need more than 30 minutes anyway? More likely the council know they can receive double revenue for each space that's vacated early?? b1ackb1rd

10:19am Tue 3 Dec 13

brooksider says...

b1ackb1rd wrote:
News flash - people park where it's convenient for them, regardless what label council put on that car park.
What makes councillors think scrapping 30 minute parking will make people spend more time in town? Do they think we are going to open our wallets and spend like crazy because I've paid for an hour? Worcester is a one-horse town, why would anyone need more than 30 minutes anyway?
More likely the council know they can receive double revenue for each space that's vacated early??
Because consultants told them so.
[quote][p][bold]b1ackb1rd[/bold] wrote: News flash - people park where it's convenient for them, regardless what label council put on that car park. What makes councillors think scrapping 30 minute parking will make people spend more time in town? Do they think we are going to open our wallets and spend like crazy because I've paid for an hour? Worcester is a one-horse town, why would anyone need more than 30 minutes anyway? More likely the council know they can receive double revenue for each space that's vacated early??[/p][/quote]Because consultants told them so. brooksider

10:38am Tue 3 Dec 13

green49 says...

Hwicce One bin man told me 'a lot of brown bin collections end up at the tip anyway why waste your money on it'

It just seems daft that the County are trying to discourage traffic to the city and the City council trying to encourage it, do they not talk to each other?

People wont come if the parking cost is too high, the bus services have had millions spent on them and are worse than ever.
Hwicce One bin man told me 'a lot of brown bin collections end up at the tip anyway why waste your money on it' It just seems daft that the County are trying to discourage traffic to the city and the City council trying to encourage it, do they not talk to each other? People wont come if the parking cost is too high, the bus services have had millions spent on them and are worse than ever. green49

11:30am Tue 3 Dec 13

Lew Smoralz says...

Once again, ant-city shopping. Total fools!
Once again, ant-city shopping. Total fools! Lew Smoralz

12:27pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Marant says...

Labour in.. Council staff salaries go up and prices go up.. now there's a surprise (not)
Labour in.. Council staff salaries go up and prices go up.. now there's a surprise (not) Marant

12:38pm Tue 3 Dec 13

truth must out says...

Only takes half an hour to go round 'City Centre' (if that's what you can call it) anyway.
Only takes half an hour to go round 'City Centre' (if that's what you can call it) anyway. truth must out

1:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

newike says...

A pound an hour becomes expensive . Definitely cheaper to park at Park and Ride, and convenient. Ooops ! sorry, likely to scrap that too, so with all the extra houses , cars , trucks etc, Worcester will be traffic blocked more often and longer. Good planning.
A pound an hour becomes expensive . Definitely cheaper to park at Park and Ride, and convenient. Ooops ! sorry, likely to scrap that too, so with all the extra houses , cars , trucks etc, [ no ring road ] Worcester will be traffic blocked more often and longer. Good planning. newike

2:42pm Tue 3 Dec 13

CYNIC_AL says...

Council speak: The 30-minute option discourages shoppers from spending more time in the city. What they actually mean: We're not making as much money as we used to so we're going to make the one-hour charge the minimum again. Why try and pretend it's for any other reason? People aren't stupid...
Council speak: The 30-minute option discourages shoppers from spending more time in the city. What they actually mean: We're not making as much money as we used to so we're going to make the one-hour charge the minimum again. Why try and pretend it's for any other reason? People aren't stupid... CYNIC_AL

2:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bushi says...

I only ever need 30 minutes to pop into the City during my lunchtime, to pick up bits and pieces. I won't be popping in if it'll cost me an extra £1 for my hair cut, sandwich, et al.

This is going to be a vicious circle. Revenues drop due to less people parking, so they increase the prices which will mean less people parking and they have to increase revenues.

The question is "Will they realise before the City Centre is totally dead?"
I only ever need 30 minutes to pop into the City during my lunchtime, to pick up bits and pieces. I won't be popping in if it'll cost me an extra £1 for my hair cut, sandwich, et al. This is going to be a vicious circle. Revenues drop due to less people parking, so they increase the prices which will mean less people parking and they have to increase revenues. The question is "Will they realise before the City Centre is totally dead?" Bushi

2:57pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bushi says...

So they remove the incentives and make it more expensive, so fewer people will come into the city, so they'll put up prices again, then fewer people will visit.

Will they realise before the city centre is dead?

I pop in two or three times per month, I won't if it'll cost me an extra. I;ll get my hair cut outside the city centre and order more on-line
So they remove the incentives and make it more expensive, so fewer people will come into the city, so they'll put up prices again, then fewer people will visit. Will they realise before the city centre is dead? I pop in two or three times per month, I won't if it'll cost me an extra. I;ll get my hair cut outside the city centre and order more on-line Bushi

6:04pm Tue 3 Dec 13

keep it real says...

Why don't they return to the pro rata payment system they used to have, really bugs me paying £1.80 as I very rarely have the right change and end up having to put £2 in,which is what they want but discourages me from using Worcester, its easier to pop up to Malvern and park for free !!
Why don't they return to the pro rata payment system they used to have, really bugs me paying £1.80 as I very rarely have the right change and end up having to put £2 in,which is what they want but discourages me from using Worcester, its easier to pop up to Malvern and park for free !! keep it real

9:25pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Time vans says...

Its a good idea to scrap 1/2 hour parking........and bring back 45 minute FREE parking.............
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Its a good idea to scrap 1/2 hour parking........and bring back 45 minute FREE parking............. ......... Time vans

2:10am Wed 4 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

4 hours parking to be £6, what a lot of money, bet the taxis are rubbing their hands at that one.
And talking about Taxis I had to attend my Doctors for an diabetes eye examination meaning I could not drive, and since my health does not allow me to walk I hired a Taxi which cost £4.80 for a 1.2 mile (One point two miles) journey and the same on return, so £9.60p . Sadly I couldn't find three or four neighbours who wanted to share my taxi and the fare ha ha.
4 hours parking to be £6, what a lot of money, bet the taxis are rubbing their hands at that one. And talking about Taxis I had to attend my Doctors for an diabetes eye examination meaning I could not drive, and since my health does not allow me to walk I hired a Taxi which cost £4.80 for a 1.2 mile (One point two miles) journey and the same on return, so £9.60p . Sadly I couldn't find three or four neighbours who wanted to share my taxi and the fare ha ha. Jabbadad

11:00am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ted Elgar says...

Why do people go to Merry Hill?
1. Because parking is free / plentiful.
2. Because opening hours fit in with people's working lives.

Until the High Street stops sticking to office hours and until someone comes up with cheap / free parking, it will always be sickly.

Using parking as a cash cow is moronic.
Why do people go to Merry Hill? 1. Because parking is free / plentiful. 2. Because opening hours fit in with people's working lives. Until the High Street stops sticking to office hours and until someone comes up with cheap / free parking, it will always be sickly. Using parking as a cash cow is moronic. Ted Elgar

6:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

DarrenM says...

I've never paid between 7pm and 9pm anyway - The wardens don't (or didn't work those hours) and I've never seen one walking about then either and I've never had a ticket.
I've never paid between 7pm and 9pm anyway - The wardens don't (or didn't work those hours) and I've never seen one walking about then either and I've never had a ticket. DarrenM

10:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

They will now, but I have seen them skulking around the city centre around 8pm.
They will now, but I have seen them skulking around the city centre around 8pm. Jabbadad

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