Price rise in city centre car parks

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Motorists and shoppers can expect to pay more for parking in St Albans city centre, following the announcement of changes today.

The new charges, which vary between different car parks managed on behalf of St Albans District Council and run by NCP, will come into effect from April 1.

As part of the new council scheme, all- day parking will be increased to £10 in car parks including the Civic Centre, Drovers Way, Russell Avenue, Bowers Way East, Bowers Way West, London Road, Amenbury Lane and Adelaide Street.

This is an increase from £8.50 and £9 in some of the car parks. However charges to stay for up to three hours have been frozen or reduced.

Residents with an all day permit Type B will also see a 2 per cent increase in charges. They will now pay £38.76, which is 76p more than before.

Prices to park all-day in Bricket Road North, Keyfield Terrace, Gombard and Townsend Avenue car parks have been reduced by £1, making it £5 to park.

Councillor Beric Read, portfolio holder for community engagement and localism the council, said: "There is a tariff now to suit every customer. In the week, shoppers and workers can park in the city centre at rates that are the same or cheaper, depending on where they park. This strategy not only helps residents but also supports the local economy."

Shoppers will still be able to use the council-run Westminster Lodge car park free of charge for up to two hours.

Sunday parking will also remain £1 at the council’s NCP car parks and at the council-run Civic Centre car park, accessed from Bricket Road.

As part of the council' new scheme, brighter LED lighting will be installed at Drovers Way and Russell Avenue to improve safety, as well as A Pay By Phone service, which will be introduced at all NCP car parks.

This comes after the Pay By Phone service was introduced in August last year in relation to off-road and on-street parking.

Councillor Read added: "I am very happy to see the introduction of a better charging strategy, giving the majority of parkers a reduction or hold on parking costs and allowing a better management of parking volumes.

"This is a great step to making it easier to park in St Albans, and improvements in technology will be following."

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2:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

arniegirl says...

Who said it was cheaper. I currently pay £3.60 for up to 5 hours parking. Under the new pricing I will pay £4 for up to 4 hours and £5 if I go over.
Who said it was cheaper. I currently pay £3.60 for up to 5 hours parking. Under the new pricing I will pay £4 for up to 4 hours and £5 if I go over. arniegirl
  • Score: 5

6:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

fight rates says...

Once again we see another tax increase on local Business from this anti-business council. What the council does not mention is the cost of a business parking permit which cost £500 compared to £38 for a resident permit. Include the increase of £10 for a days parking & it is clear that the council are trying to discourage businesses from working in the city.
Once again we see another tax increase on local Business from this anti-business council. What the council does not mention is the cost of a business parking permit which cost £500 compared to £38 for a resident permit. Include the increase of £10 for a days parking & it is clear that the council are trying to discourage businesses from working in the city. fight rates
  • Score: 7

4:16am Fri 14 Mar 14

cosmic girl says...

why do councillors talk some ****
why do councillors talk some **** cosmic girl
  • Score: 5

9:13am Fri 14 Mar 14

fight rates says...

At the beginning of the year the council have told us that our car parks are 50% empty.
http://www.stalbansr
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So what do they do? They put up the prices... What a brilliant strategy!!
At the beginning of the year the council have told us that our car parks are 50% empty. http://www.stalbansr eview.co.uk/news/109 11091.City_car_parks _with_spare_capacity __good_news_/ So what do they do? They put up the prices... What a brilliant strategy!! fight rates
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6:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Mjsd70 says...

@ Fight rates - your names says it all... it is proven (look for it yourself) that parking charges to not close down business. And if the price for a business permit was the same as a residents then the streets would be full of business owners and workers, residents would not get a look in. the problem is that there are too many cars on the road and most of us, me included, all drive a 5 seater car with just us in them and then fight for parking. maybe if more people shared a car or got a bus it would not be an issue. I bet most of the people that moan about the issue live 5 minutes walk away but still drive in... i saw on another paper website someone suggesting the carparks should be free, what a stupid idea, free car parks in a city like St Albans, yeah that will really help your business. car parks full to the brim of people parking and getting a train to another city where they will then spend their money, great idea the politicians missed that one. I for one hate paying for parking but I am a realist, so i budget this in with my every day costs. no one likes to pay tax, rates or vat but without all these things what do you think will happen? a better life for all? get real. sorry but there are better things to be concerned about and paying for parking is the least of all of our problems. stop moaning and pay for your parking!
@ Fight rates - your names says it all... it is proven (look for it yourself) that parking charges to not close down business. And if the price for a business permit was the same as a residents then the streets would be full of business owners and workers, residents would not get a look in. the problem is that there are too many cars on the road and most of us, me included, all drive a 5 seater car with just us in them and then fight for parking. maybe if more people shared a car or got a bus it would not be an issue. I bet most of the people that moan about the issue live 5 minutes walk away but still drive in... i saw on another paper website someone suggesting the carparks should be free, what a stupid idea, free car parks in a city like St Albans, yeah that will really help your business. car parks full to the brim of people parking and getting a train to another city where they will then spend their money, great idea the politicians missed that one. I for one hate paying for parking but I am a realist, so i budget this in with my every day costs. no one likes to pay tax, rates or vat but without all these things what do you think will happen? a better life for all? get real. sorry but there are better things to be concerned about and paying for parking is the least of all of our problems. stop moaning and pay for your parking! Mjsd70
  • Score: -5

12:14pm Sat 15 Mar 14

fight rates says...

You are right Mjsd I am fighting for my survival after 65 of my local friends & neighbors have gone bust in the last year or so. There are too many cars on the road, but there should be a balance where both business & residents have equal access to parking. This is especially as the council are telling us that our car parks are 50% empty on average. As a business owner I feel that the government are treating us like one giant cash cow. From next month council taxes are frozen for the fifth year, but for business, our rates are going up again for the 22nd year in a row. As a business we get no bin collection, no parking vouchers, no local vote & yet we are paying the highest property taxes in the western world. Business rates receipts this year will exceed council tax receipts for the first time. For example we have multimillionaire residents paying £200 a month in council tax & then a coffee shop in the same road paying a staggering £6500 per month in rates. Business should of course pay more for tax & parking, but the differences are too high. Can the council please support local business & lets have some parking promotions like they have in Chester, where parking for example is free from 3pm. Two hours shopping & then come & eat in our wonderful restaurants.
You are right Mjsd I am fighting for my survival after 65 of my local friends & neighbors have gone bust in the last year or so. There are too many cars on the road, but there should be a balance where both business & residents have equal access to parking. This is especially as the council are telling us that our car parks are 50% empty on average. As a business owner I feel that the government are treating us like one giant cash cow. From next month council taxes are frozen for the fifth year, but for business, our rates are going up again for the 22nd year in a row. As a business we get no bin collection, no parking vouchers, no local vote & yet we are paying the highest property taxes in the western world. Business rates receipts this year will exceed council tax receipts for the first time. For example we have multimillionaire residents paying £200 a month in council tax & then a coffee shop in the same road paying a staggering £6500 per month in rates. Business should of course pay more for tax & parking, but the differences are too high. Can the council please support local business & lets have some parking promotions like they have in Chester, where parking for example is free from 3pm. Two hours shopping & then come & eat in our wonderful restaurants. fight rates
  • Score: 5

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