New parking charges for Burnley

First published in News

NEW parking charges are set to be introduced in Burnley town centre - with motorists paying short visits bearing the brunt.

Short-stay car parks see the one-hour and under fee rise from 80p to 90p, and the one to two hours charge increase from £1.40 to £1.50.

And parking for more than three hours will attract a charge of £5.50, instead of £5.00.

But the two to three hours banding, for £2, will remain the same.

Coun Mark Townsend, resources cabinet member for the Labour-controlled authority, said at a recent council meeting that the move was designed to stimulate footfall in the high street.

“We have been trying to get people to stay longer in the town centre so we have tried to spread the cost out,” he said.

But opposition Liberal Democrats claimed that freezing the car parking charges completely was a better stimulus to encourage shoppers into Burnley.

Deputy leader Coun Margaret Lishman said that the administration had already left a ‘trail of broken promises’ with its spending plans.

Single visits to the Finsley Gate No. 2 and Centenary Way car parks will increase from £3.50 to £3.70.

Park users will also be hit by the shake-up. The Towneley Hall, Riverside and Barwise car parks are currently chargeable between 10am and 5pm.

But the hours have been altered so it is now 8am to 10pm. All of the charges will come into force from Friday.

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6:12pm Sun 27 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Just keep going to the out of town shopping centres and supermarkets , free parking loads of it , no traffic jams, no beggars.
No wonder the high street is dying
Just keep going to the out of town shopping centres and supermarkets , free parking loads of it , no traffic jams, no beggars. No wonder the high street is dying 2 for 5p
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6:52pm Sun 27 Jan 13

mavrick says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Just keep going to the out of town shopping centres and supermarkets , free parking loads of it , no traffic jams, no beggars.
No wonder the high street is dying
The councilors seem to be on another planet. The high street is finished as we know it. all we need is a bank and post office on the retail parks and why do we need to visit any town centre. shot in foot me thinks.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Just keep going to the out of town shopping centres and supermarkets , free parking loads of it , no traffic jams, no beggars. No wonder the high street is dying[/p][/quote]The councilors seem to be on another planet. The high street is finished as we know it. all we need is a bank and post office on the retail parks and why do we need to visit any town centre. shot in foot me thinks. mavrick
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7:10pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Kevin, Colne says...

Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction.

If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this.

I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better.

The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain.

Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply.

One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit.

In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free.

For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50.
Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this.

Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks.

I mean, the possibilities are almost endless.

To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.
Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector. Kevin, Colne
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7:27pm Sun 27 Jan 13

DaveBurnley says...

So increasing charges will stimulate footfall in the high street? Interesting logic.
So increasing charges will stimulate footfall in the high street? Interesting logic. DaveBurnley
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8:14am Mon 28 Jan 13

claretmaduk says...

What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!!
What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!! claretmaduk
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8:16am Mon 28 Jan 13

burner says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
So increasing charges will stimulate footfall in the high street? Interesting logic.
Go ask Mary Portas about that one ! We all read what her report said . . . charge and the clients go elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: So increasing charges will stimulate footfall in the high street? Interesting logic.[/p][/quote]Go ask Mary Portas about that one ! We all read what her report said . . . charge and the clients go elsewhere. burner
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10:27am Mon 28 Jan 13

vicn1956 says...

Any figures for visitiors to Towneley since parking charges were introduced?
I haven't been since they charged!
Any figures for visitiors to Towneley since parking charges were introduced? I haven't been since they charged! vicn1956
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12:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

its the British Desease,not enough passengers on trains/buses put fairs up not cut costs to encourage people to use the services shops/pubs/clubs etc etc the same problem,typical British mentality,lets get more people to visit our town,lets put the parking fees up??? what planet are they living on??
its the British Desease,not enough passengers on trains/buses put fairs up not cut costs to encourage people to use the services shops/pubs/clubs etc etc the same problem,typical British mentality,lets get more people to visit our town,lets put the parking fees up??? what planet are they living on?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

12:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

its the British Desease,not enough passengers on trains/buses put fairs up not cut costs to encourage people to use the services shops/pubs/clubs etc etc the same problem,typical British mentality,lets get more people to visit our town,lets put the parking fees up??? what planet are they living on??
its the British Desease,not enough passengers on trains/buses put fairs up not cut costs to encourage people to use the services shops/pubs/clubs etc etc the same problem,typical British mentality,lets get more people to visit our town,lets put the parking fees up??? what planet are they living on?? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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12:03pm Mon 28 Jan 13

hugofakenham says...

Kevin, Colne wrote:
Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.
Really well thought out and a bit of out-of-the box thinking to boot.
Would never expect the Council to devise something so radical.
I rarely go into Burnley now though I live next door.
I prefer to go to Blackburn,Preston,Bu
ry or Bolton as I don't feel ripped off for parking as there are many stores to shop and other attractions.
Frankly Burnley doesn't have the pull with it's awful,under-subscrib
ed market,the proliferation of £1 shops and,indeed,empty shops. Why don't you run for office and shake the buggers up a bit !!
[quote][p][bold]Kevin, Colne[/bold] wrote: Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.[/p][/quote]Really well thought out and a bit of out-of-the box thinking to boot. Would never expect the Council to devise something so radical. I rarely go into Burnley now though I live next door. I prefer to go to Blackburn,Preston,Bu ry or Bolton as I don't feel ripped off for parking as there are many stores to shop and other attractions. Frankly Burnley doesn't have the pull with it's awful,under-subscrib ed market,the proliferation of £1 shops and,indeed,empty shops. Why don't you run for office and shake the buggers up a bit !! hugofakenham
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1:08pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Kevin, Colne says...

That's kind of you to say.

In fairness of self-disclosure I must reveal that many years ago I once had an urge to work for Burnley Council. It’s true. I did. I also had a desire to work for Hyndburn Council. It’s really weird; I keep having these psychotic episodes.

Burnley Council advertised a job in the Office of the Chief Executive, I think it was. It was a simple job: you had to be able to use a computer and follow instructions and I thought I could do that, with some help.

I got the Council to send me details and my heart sank. There was volume after volume of material that screamed of bureaucratic rigid thinking but undeterred I rang the head of department for an informal chat and I’ll never forget the conversation.

He said to me that they were struggling. I said, I know; that’s the story of many organisations – tell me something new. And then he said something that was most peculiar. This is true. He said that the staff weren’t innovating enough – they always had to be pushed along, when they should be pulling. For a moment I thought the guy was playing a joke on me and then I realised that he was serious.

This was the point at which I changed my mind and decided that I didn’t want to work for Burnley Council. I wanted to ask the guy if he could tell me what he’d done at work in the last week that was truly innovative but I desisted because I thought he might think I was being cheeky or stupid.

I simply couldn’t comprehend how a senior officer of a local council could think this way. I mean, you know, from the very first moment you join a local authority they train you to not think. That’s the deal: you’re occupying a role, here are all the policies and procedures, just follow them; and here’s your job description - just follow it. New recruits quickly pick-up the message that all the thinking has already been done.

If you want original thinking you’ve get to get outside the town hall, both physically and mentally. The first of these is easy to achieve, the second is extremely difficult.
That's kind of you to say. In fairness of self-disclosure I must reveal that many years ago I once had an urge to work for Burnley Council. It’s true. I did. I also had a desire to work for Hyndburn Council. It’s really weird; I keep having these psychotic episodes. Burnley Council advertised a job in the Office of the Chief Executive, I think it was. It was a simple job: you had to be able to use a computer and follow instructions and I thought I could do that, with some help. I got the Council to send me details and my heart sank. There was volume after volume of material that screamed of bureaucratic rigid thinking but undeterred I rang the head of department for an informal chat and I’ll never forget the conversation. He said to me that they were struggling. I said, I know; that’s the story of many organisations – tell me something new. And then he said something that was most peculiar. This is true. He said that the staff weren’t innovating enough – they always had to be pushed along, when they should be pulling. For a moment I thought the guy was playing a joke on me and then I realised that he was serious. This was the point at which I changed my mind and decided that I didn’t want to work for Burnley Council. I wanted to ask the guy if he could tell me what he’d done at work in the last week that was truly innovative but I desisted because I thought he might think I was being cheeky or stupid. I simply couldn’t comprehend how a senior officer of a local council could think this way. I mean, you know, from the very first moment you join a local authority they train you to not think. That’s the deal: you’re occupying a role, here are all the policies and procedures, just follow them; and here’s your job description - just follow it. New recruits quickly pick-up the message that all the thinking has already been done. If you want original thinking you’ve get to get outside the town hall, both physically and mentally. The first of these is easy to achieve, the second is extremely difficult. Kevin, Colne
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5:03pm Mon 28 Jan 13

hi everyone says...

claretmaduk wrote:
What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!!
get another job then simples or park out of town center and get the bus easy really,i park up pike hill and catch the todmorden bus
[quote][p][bold]claretmaduk[/bold] wrote: What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!![/p][/quote]get another job then simples or park out of town center and get the bus easy really,i park up pike hill and catch the todmorden bus hi everyone
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6:49am Tue 29 Jan 13

claretmaduk says...

hi everyone wrote:
claretmaduk wrote:
What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!!
get another job then simples or park out of town center and get the bus easy really,i park up pike hill and catch the todmorden bus
I like my job why should I get another, and as it is I drop my kids off at 7.45 then drive to town to get there in time, the childminder starts at 7.30 last week I caught the bus in twice and it cost me £4.40 a day so still no cheaper.
[quote][p][bold]hi everyone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claretmaduk[/bold] wrote: What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!![/p][/quote]get another job then simples or park out of town center and get the bus easy really,i park up pike hill and catch the todmorden bus[/p][/quote]I like my job why should I get another, and as it is I drop my kids off at 7.45 then drive to town to get there in time, the childminder starts at 7.30 last week I caught the bus in twice and it cost me £4.40 a day so still no cheaper. claretmaduk
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8:21am Tue 29 Jan 13

claretmaduk says...

Also the teport is factually incorrect with regards the car park I use, this going up from £3.50 for all day to £5 wish I had received a wage increase of £1.50 a day!!
Also the teport is factually incorrect with regards the car park I use, this going up from £3.50 for all day to £5 wish I had received a wage increase of £1.50 a day!! claretmaduk
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11:58am Tue 29 Jan 13

midas says...

claretmaduk wrote:
What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!!
What did you pay last week? Its not gone from frre parking to £3.70. You may have to pay an exta £1 per week!
[quote][p][bold]claretmaduk[/bold] wrote: What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!![/p][/quote]What did you pay last week? Its not gone from frre parking to £3.70. You may have to pay an exta £1 per week! midas
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12:00pm Tue 29 Jan 13

midas says...

hugofakenham wrote:
Kevin, Colne wrote: Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.
Really well thought out and a bit of out-of-the box thinking to boot. Would never expect the Council to devise something so radical. I rarely go into Burnley now though I live next door. I prefer to go to Blackburn,Preston,Bu ry or Bolton as I don't feel ripped off for parking as there are many stores to shop and other attractions. Frankly Burnley doesn't have the pull with it's awful,under-subscrib ed market,the proliferation of £1 shops and,indeed,empty shops. Why don't you run for office and shake the buggers up a bit !!
How much extra do you pay in petrol? To save a possible extra 20p you will drive for an hour. A fool and his money etc!!
[quote][p][bold]hugofakenham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin, Colne[/bold] wrote: Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.[/p][/quote]Really well thought out and a bit of out-of-the box thinking to boot. Would never expect the Council to devise something so radical. I rarely go into Burnley now though I live next door. I prefer to go to Blackburn,Preston,Bu ry or Bolton as I don't feel ripped off for parking as there are many stores to shop and other attractions. Frankly Burnley doesn't have the pull with it's awful,under-subscrib ed market,the proliferation of £1 shops and,indeed,empty shops. Why don't you run for office and shake the buggers up a bit !![/p][/quote]How much extra do you pay in petrol? To save a possible extra 20p you will drive for an hour. A fool and his money etc!! midas
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12:02pm Tue 29 Jan 13

midas says...

Kevin, Colne wrote:
Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.
too confusing and people will complain they "didn't realise"
[quote][p][bold]Kevin, Colne[/bold] wrote: Burnley Council is a strange local authority. In some respects it’s terrific and other times it’s as though the council has set the auto-pilot deliberately on to the bearing of self-destruction. If this is the decision of the full council then fair enough but it’s not very original is it? Members of the ruling Labour Group must be asleep at the wheel to endorse this. I suspect that Burnley Council is like most local authorities where thinking imaginatively will be frowned upon but surely some councillor somewhere on the authority – there are after all 45 of them – should have had the gumption to tell the officers to go back, think again and not return until they had something better. The Council have missed a golden opportunity to be really, really radical and original and to have some proper fun into the bargain. Charging on Mondays to Friday day-times should be different from evenings and Saturdays because I suspect that different elasticity’s apply. One option that could be considered would be to increase the Monday to Friday day-time free on-street parking time from 40 minutes to 45 minutes and promote it as 10% extra free and Saturday from 40 minutes to an hour, which is an extra 50% free. Evenings and Sunday no limit. In charge car-parks Monday to Friday could be pitched at £1 for an hour with second hour free. Buy-one, get one free. For charges beyond two hours the third hour would be half price, i.e 50p extra giving a total charge of £1.50. Saturdays would not be time spent based but time point charging: morning plus lunch (from monring till 1pm) say £1.50 flat fee, lunch plus afternoon (from 12 noon) likewise. In this way you could promote the centre for shopping and eating – stay in the town for a bite to eat and the parking system would be supporting this. Now, think of all the fun and originality that you could have promoting this. Seriously, you could promote it under the strap-line ‘Burnley – going to town’ you could see whether some system could be found so that eating places might give discounted food to those using the car-parks. I mean, the possibilities are almost endless. To be fair rigid, inward thinking is by no means confined to Burnley Council, it applies almost universally across the sector.[/p][/quote]too confusing and people will complain they "didn't realise" midas
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6:07pm Tue 29 Jan 13

claretmaduk says...

midas wrote:
claretmaduk wrote:
What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!!
What did you pay last week? Its not gone from frre parking to £3.70. You may have to pay an exta £1 per week!
This week until Friday I am paying £3.50 a day for the exact same car park from Friday it is £5 this is 1.50 a day increase
[quote][p][bold]midas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]claretmaduk[/bold] wrote: What about town centre workers, it is now going to cost me £100 a month minimum to park to go to work, I can't car share as I have to drop off and pick up my children and I get no benefit help, I would be better off at home scrounging off the state!!![/p][/quote]What did you pay last week? Its not gone from frre parking to £3.70. You may have to pay an exta £1 per week![/p][/quote]This week until Friday I am paying £3.50 a day for the exact same car park from Friday it is £5 this is 1.50 a day increase claretmaduk
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5:44pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Black Car Guy. says...

Keep on hiking the prices up and the less chance of people coming in to town.
Keep on hiking the prices up and the less chance of people coming in to town. Black Car Guy.
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2:30pm Fri 8 Feb 13

HecticBigBoy says...

Have a word with Nelson, its what started the rot there, parking restrictions and charges. Now its allllll too late
Have a word with Nelson, its what started the rot there, parking restrictions and charges. Now its allllll too late HecticBigBoy
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