Town centre pay-and-display latest

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 May 2012

Machines are set to be introduced in 27 streets in Weston town centre

Machines are set to be introduced in 27 streets in Weston town centre

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PLANS to introduce pay-and-display parking in 27 Weston streets will come under fresh scrutiny next week.

The proposals, along with those to reduce off-street, short-stay parking charges in town, are to be reconsidered by North Somerset Council’s executive on Wednesday.

Liberal Democrat councillors ‘called-in’ the decision to press ahead with pay-and-display earlier this month, saying they believed the charging levels were wrong.

Councillors agreed to discuss the issue and whether the final decision should be taken by the entire executive.

The amended on-street charges suggested are now 20p for the first 20 minutes, £1 for up to one hour, £1.80 for up to one-and-a-half hours and £2.40 for up to two hours, with a maximum stay of two hours. Originally the suggestion was 40p for the first 20 minutes.

The proposed reduction in short stay off-street parking charges would see the current one-hour stay reduced from £1.10 to £1, two hours from £2.20 to £2 and for three hours a reduction from £3.20 to £3 in Weston car parks.

The scheme is intended to answer concerns by traders and shoppers over parking congestion and unauthorised on-street, long-stay parking.

There has also been an outcry from residents, who will be entitled to only two hours per day of parking in the affected zones in return for their annual fee.

The council says charges are aimed at a ‘break-even’ scenario, but with any surplus from charges and fines being put back into running the scheme and road maintenance.

It added this week that, initially, the on-street pay-and-display opportunities will be in Weston’s town centre, covering the central business and retail district, but may later be extended to other areas and towns in the district where similar parking congestion problems have been identified. The executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “Ideally I wouldn’t want to charge anyone for parking in Weston, but this is a compromise with a reduction in short-term stay that I hope people will accept.”


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