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Parking in Preston: Council-run car parks see rise in hourly rates of up to 33 per cent

Posted on - 27th January, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Moor Park, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Recreation, Sport, Transport
Avenham car park has space for up to 560 car parks Pic: Paul Melling

Avenham car park has space for up to 560 car parks Pic: Paul Melling

The cost of leaving your car in some city centre car parks is to rocket from April.

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A 24-hour parking ticket for Avenham car park is to rise by 33 per cent from £6 to £8 under new council-run car park charges.

Preston City Council is targeting a £20,000 windfall from an increase in parking charges and a number of other changes to charges for services in the city.

The price of leaving a car for two hours at Avenham goes to £2.10, £2.90 for three hours, £3.70 for four and £4.20 for up to 12 hours.

A contract permit for seven days goes to £57.00 and a quarterly permit to £165.00.

Trinity car park sees an eight per cent increase in staying for up to three hours, up from £2.50 to £2.70.

Using the Moor Park car park is to rise from £4.50 to £5, an increase of 11 per cent.

Sports teams wanting to use Moor Park’s pitches face a 3 per cent rise across the board for season and match hire.

While down on council-run allotments there’s an extra £1 charge for those wanting to run a regular plot, taking the cost to £38.

Anyone losing their bin or wanting a new one also sees an increase in the cost.

It’ll now cost £14.70 for any additional or replacement bins, up from £14.40.

Cabinet member for community and environment, councillor Robert Boswell, has signed off the increases.

The new charges will come into force on Friday 1 April.

A city council spokesman said: “The Council has a range of fees and charges for various services, which in turn raises income and helps to keep council tax lower.

“It’s about striking the right balance between raising income but also providing value for money. These are annual increases to fees and charges which take account of running costs and inflation etc.

“We do monitor our fees and charges and benchmark with other providers to ensure they are fair. However, as the amount of Government grant reduces, there will be pressure on the Council to raise more money from fees and charges.

“This means reviewing not only the amounts charged but also services which could provide new income and revenue streams for the Council.

“With over £4m a year of savings to find by 2021, the Council has too look at all options and increasing as well as finding new sources of income has to be part of this.”

A full breakdown of all the parking charges and cost of using other council services can be found on the city council website.

Do you park in the city centre? Which car park do you use? Will these changes affect you? Let us know in the comments below

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