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City centre car park fees go up
7:30am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
MOTORISTS will have to pay extra to use city centre car parks from the new year.
Chelmsford Council’s cabinet agreed to increase tariffs for pay and displays they operate. These will stay fixed for the next two years.
Fees for people using short stay car parks in the city centre will have to pay an extra 20p for one and four hours parking, 40p for two hours and 30p for three hours.
This means it will cost £1.20 for an hours parking, £2.20 for two, £2.90 for three and £4.50 for four at sites including the High Chelmer and Meadows multi storeys.
However the rises were criticised by the Lib Dem members who believe the charges will put shoppers off and other issues with the current system need to be looked at.
Lib Dem Linda Mascot, shadow member for safer communities, said: “The increases of short term fees will stop shoppers coming to the city and it will affect growth and our night-time economy, which we need to support.
“We are still receiving complaints that some machines in car parks do not give change. Are there plans to regulate them as it is tantamount to stealing?”
Tory Ian Grundy, councillor responsible for safer communities, said the fares have been looked at “carefully” and hopes the fact they will stay fixed for two years will help drivers.
He said: “I think £2.90 for three hours is something which is very competitive.
“No-one likes putting prices up, but it is a major source of income for us. We need the revenue.”
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