Your chance to have a say as parking charges will be reviewed across Sandwell

Parking charges across Sandwell should be reviewed during consultation

Sandwell Council has launched the consultation to align Sandwell with the charges of other Black Country boroughs and to allow the council to continue to provide its parking services.

The council’s current policy on parking charges was introduced in November 2016 and at a Cabinet meeting on July 20 cabinet members considered a report to review parking charges for the first time in six year.

As part of the statutory process, proposed changes to the parking charge policy are now subject to public consultation.

Revenue generated from parking fees is used to provide and maintain parking lots, provide new parking restrictions such as resident parking programs, address parking issues at school gates, and provide related services.

The move would also support other policy goals of the council, such as boosting active and sustainable travel, tackling climate change and improving air quality.

The proposals align Sandwell with parking charges in the Black Country which range from 60p to £1.50 per hour and take into account changes in behavior following the pandemic, with a range of subscriptions available for designated weekdays .

It is proposed to apply the increased charges over five years and will also include a low-cost 30-minute charge and free parking at times such as after 6 p.m., on Sundays and Saturdays in the weeks before Christmas.

Other concessions include free parking for blue badge holders and passes valid for use on designated days at the Sandwell Valley car park.

Councilor Zahoor Ahmed, Sandwell’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our parking fees have not been reviewed since 2016.

“These proposals aim to update our rates and ensure that we can continue to meet the cost of providing quality car parks and associated services.

“We have sought to balance available parking with demand and support our wider ambitions to encourage active and sustainable travel, tackle climate change and improve air quality.

“We recognize car parking is an important issue and know that some habits have changed during the pandemic, which is why we want to hear from as many people as possible.”

Full consultation details can be found at sandwell.gov.uk/parkingchargesconsultation and can be viewed in person at: Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DE during normal office hours.

Comments on the proposals, including name and address, can be submitted by email to [email protected] or in writing to the Deputy Director, Highway Services, at the above address by Friday September 30.

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