A city centre car park is set to be taken over by Preston City Council’s traffic enforcement team and rates will be dropped.
The Trinity Square car park on Great Shaw Street and Market Street will return to council ownership and could benefit the Town Hall coffers by up to £15,500 per year.
Up until December 2012 the car park was leased and operared by National Car Parks (NCP) but cabinet member for community and environment Robert Boswell has signed off a takeover by the council.
Parking rates at Trinity Square, which has 110 spaces, will drop when the council takes over the running of it on 23 August.
An hours parking will drop from £2 to £1, three hours will drop by £2.50 to be £2.50 for the time.
A four hour stay will be £3, a saving of £2, and 12 hours will be £1.50 cheaper at £3.50 for the period.
The contract parking permit rates are being adjusted, monthly and annual permits will be scrapped and a quarterly pass will cost £180 – reduced from £294 under NCP.
A previous early bird £3.50 all-day ticket if purchased between 6.30am and 10am is also scrapped.
Research by the city council’s head of engineering Russell Rees found the Trinity car park is currently 80 per cent full, and it speculates if the Hill Street car park is improved at any point the Trinity car park could be used as an alternative.
View the full report on the changes at Trinity Square car park on the council website.
What do you think about the change? Do you park at Trinity? Where do you park when you visit the city centre?