Residents 'not happy' with car parking price hike in Bushey and Radlett

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Car parking fees will increase in Bushey and Radlett next month, and the additional income is expected to generate £297,000 a year for the council.

Hertsmere Borough Council said they are making the changes after five years of cuts from central government.

They will start charging 50p for up to an hour for on street parking, an increase of 30p. The first half hour will remain free.

Where a second hour is permitted, it will be £1.50 instead of £1. 

Off street parking will increase 20p for an hour - from 50p to 70p - and 50p for up to two hours - from £1 to £1.50 - in Bushey Heath. 

In Radlett, the first hour will remain free, subsidised by Aldenham Parish Council, and the price of more hours will be altered in line with our other car parks.

In Bushey Heath, pay and display machines have been installed recently in the High Road to aid traffic flow and make it easier for people to stop outside the shops.  This means you can park for free for 30 minutes if you display a ticket, and pay 20p if you want to stay for the whole hour. 

Councillor Jean Heywood, transport and environment portfolio holder, said: "Like all local authorities across the country we’ve had to make some tough decisions about services in light of the ongoing pressures on our resources. Here in Hertsmere residents have helped us make these decisions through special surveys."

The changes will come into effect on Sunday, August 3.

Residential permits will also increase by £10, and will be £25 for the first permit.

An increase of £10 will also apply to the second, third and fourth annual residential permits.

Annual visitor permits will increase to £40 (an increase of £10).

Councillor Heywood added: "Although we understand some residents will not be happy with the increases, we hope people will continue to appreciate the first half hour of on street parking outside shops will remain free. 

"In addition, our current charges are low in comparison with neighbouring local authorities and do not currently allow us to be self-financing, as recommended by the government. We feel the charges are still at a reasonable rate and are still much cheaper than surrounding areas."

Over the past five years the council’s grant from central government has reduced by 44% which equates to £3.47m.

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9:31am Sat 28 Jun 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

So, as the government reduces grants to councils, they try to make it back directly from motorists.

Car drivers might as well paint targets on their cars for the local councils to aim at.

Car drivers are, of course, the easiest targets.

If you want a fairer society, vote UKIP.
So, as the government reduces grants to councils, they try to make it back directly from motorists. Car drivers might as well paint targets on their cars for the local councils to aim at. Car drivers are, of course, the easiest targets. If you want a fairer society, vote UKIP. Phil Cox (UKIP)
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8:26pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
So, as the government reduces grants to councils, they try to make it back directly from motorists.

Car drivers might as well paint targets on their cars for the local councils to aim at.

Car drivers are, of course, the easiest targets.

If you want a fairer society, vote UKIP.
You talked, we rejected into 3rd (by 1%) place. Phil Cox former Watford Mayoral Candidate. Nothing whatsoever to do with Bushey and Radlett
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: So, as the government reduces grants to councils, they try to make it back directly from motorists. Car drivers might as well paint targets on their cars for the local councils to aim at. Car drivers are, of course, the easiest targets. If you want a fairer society, vote UKIP.[/p][/quote]You talked, we rejected into 3rd (by 1%) place. Phil Cox former Watford Mayoral Candidate. Nothing whatsoever to do with Bushey and Radlett Nascot
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10:35pm Sun 29 Jun 14

LSC says...

Any fool could see the maths of this never added up. You would need 31.55 cars parking per hour (and half an hour is free anyway) just to pay one warden on minimum wage to enforce it. Of those 31 cars who spent less than 30 minutes, 50% at least contributed nothing.
So we are spending more on the enforcement than we got on the fee.
Which is ridiculous. You can't even claim it is a Council cash cow. It was always just stupid.
The new fees are hardly a King's ransom and I don't have a big problem with them, but once again the Council have made themselves look very silly. Hands up ANYONE who thought that parking for 20p was going to last more than a few weeks just to get us used to it, then the price would go up?

Hertsmere, please stop treating us like we are stupid.
Any fool could see the maths of this never added up. You would need 31.55 cars parking per hour (and half an hour is free anyway) just to pay one warden on minimum wage to enforce it. Of those 31 cars who spent less than 30 minutes, 50% at least contributed nothing. So we are spending more on the enforcement than we got on the fee. Which is ridiculous. You can't even claim it is a Council cash cow. It was always just stupid. The new fees are hardly a King's ransom and I don't have a big problem with them, but once again the Council have made themselves look very silly. Hands up ANYONE who thought that parking for 20p was going to last more than a few weeks just to get us used to it, then the price would go up? Hertsmere, please stop treating us like we are stupid. LSC
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10:51am Mon 30 Jun 14

logic100 says...

They are silly simply because the hikes of between 50 and 67 percent are ridiculously excessive compared with inflation
They are silly simply because the hikes of between 50 and 67 percent are ridiculously excessive compared with inflation logic100
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