Revealed: Weston car parking charges may increase again and extend to Sundays
PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 29 November 2017
Paying to park in Weston-super-Mare may cost you even more next year, while charges may also be introduced on Sundays and in Kewstoke’s car parks.
North Somerset Council’s executive will meet on Tuesday where it will discuss reviewing its on and off-street car parking charges in Weston. Here are the proposals...
On-street parking price hike
It may cost you more to park in Weston in the future, with charges potentially rising from £1.30 to £1.50 for an hour’s stay, and from £2.50 to £3 for two hours.
Charges may also start at 8am rather than 9am, which is designed to increase the use of off-street car parks.
There are no proposals to extend on street car parking to Clevedon and Portishead.
On-street parking in Weston on Sundays
On-street car parking charges were introduced in Weston in 2012, running from Monday to Saturday, with the intention of increasing footfall and helping town centre businesses.
The council says this has been achieved but businesses do not benefit from increased footfall on Sundays and it is therefore considering extending the charges to seven days a week.
A council document says: “It is however recognised this will also affect local residents and therefore the proposal is recommended to allow more investigation and consultation to be started before any final decisions are considered or taken.”
As reported by the Mercury last week, car parking charges may rise on Weston’s seafront and Grand Pier owner Michelle Michael said an increase could damage businesses.
The only proposed price increase for the seafront is all day parking, which could increase from £8 to £10. Charges for parking for more than five hours could also increase in Weston’s car parks, including Grove Park, Knightstone, Melrose and Carlton Street.
The council is working with Kewstoke Parish Council on introducing new pay and display charges to the Bus Terminus and Beach Road car parks.
It is currently free to park, but prices could rise to 20p for half an hour, 50p for an hour and £1 for two hours.
Documents say this is designed to encourage ‘space turnover’ and less congestion.
Worle Railway Station
Charges may rise in line with Nailsea and Backwell Station. The council says the charges are still below the majority of West Country stations.
How much money will the council make?
The council believes if all the proposals are agreed, it could increase its revenue by £201,000 in 2018/19.
Executive members will be discussing its financial position on Tuesday, along with the parking plans.
In a report about the council’s budget for next year, its head of finance, Malcolm Coe, said the parking changes could deliver increased income for the authority.