Changes to car parking rates from October 31, 2022
Slight increases to Shropshire Council car park and on-street parking rates come into effect on Monday 31 October 2022.
As per plans – approved by Cabinet of Council in July 2022 following public consultation – the majority of charges in car parks run by Shropshire Council are set to increase by 10p to 20p per hour, with many car parks remaining free.
The planned fees were approved by Cabinet and the full Council in February 2022 as part of the proposed fees and charges to be applied by Shropshire Council in 2022/23. The required statutory consultation is now complete and eight objections have been received.
There are seven strips of car parks and on-street parking areas operated by Shropshire Council, with strips 1-6 currently chargeable and strip 7 free.
The new price tiers for each band are listed below.
Hourly rates per parking lane
Band 1 – £2.80
Band 2 – £2.00
Band 3 – £1.20
Band 4 – 80p
Band 5 – 60p
Band 6 – 40p
Richard Marshall, Cabinet Member of the Shropshire Council for Highways and Regulatory Services, said:
“Due to an increase in the rate of inflation and the cost of running and maintaining our car parks and on-street parking areas, there will be slight increases in some of our parking fees.
“We appreciate that people are facing financial pressures at the moment, and we have sought to reduce increases as much as possible. However, not increasing fees at all would mean having to cut other essential services the council provides.
“This will be the first increase in parking fees since the existing fees were introduced over three years ago, and mall other boards increased expenses annually over the same period.
“The current charges were introduced between November 2018 and February 2019. During this time inflation has risen dramatically, as have running costs, but the council receives the same level of parking revenue – and can no longer continue to subsidize car maintenance and operation. parks from other budgets.
“However, even with these changes, many car parks will continue to be free, and many will only cost 40p an hour. And even with a small increase, our prices will continue to compare favorably to many other parts of the country. . »
By law, any excess money Shropshire Council receives from parking over and above the cost of providing and administering it must be used for the benefit of road users.
Any surplus generated by these proposals would be earmarked for car park improvements and any additional surplus would be used to fund public transport services, road improvement projects and environmental improvements.
Meanwhile. a proposal for a – separate – review of Shropshire Council’s parking strategy was discussed by advisers to the Premises Oversight Committee on 29 September 2022 and will now be considered by Cabinet.
- A complete list of parking lots and on-street zones in each band allocation is presented in Appendix 1 ofJuly Cabinet Reportand full details of the proposed increases for weekly tickets, subscriptions and concessions for each car park are set out in Appendix 2.
- The proposed level of fees and charges to be applied by Shropshire Council in 2022/23 was approved by Cabinet on 16 February 2022 and subsequently by the full Council on 24 February 2022 and included increases to all parking fees for the on- and off-street parking across the county.
- Any changes to parking rates must be defined in a traffic regulation order (TRO) before they can be implemented. Before making such an order, a statutory consultation should be undertaken and due consideration should be given to any objections received. The required statutory consultation was conducted between March 24 and May 20, 2022. A total of 18 comments were received during the consultation and included one comment in favor of the proposals and eight objections.
- Falcon’s Court car park in Much Wenlock will be a Band 6 car park as it currently is, not a Band 5 car park. A variation order was announced during the public consultation.
In addition to the linear hourly charges, the specified car parks also offer: –
Discounted weekly tickets
Subscriptions 3 months, 6 months and 12 months
Resident parking permits
HGV parking rates
Free coach parking