'Massive hike' in Preston parking charges

Lancashire Telegraph: RISE Steep prices at a car park RISE Steep prices at a car park

SHOPPERS and workers visiting Preston have been stung with the second-biggest hikes in off-street car parking charges, according to figures out today.

Each year, local council income from parking services raises £1.35 billion, statistics obtained by the Co-operative Motor Group under a Freedom of Information request showed.

The group said that, excluding penalty charge notice income, English local authorities raised an extra £184 million for parking charges in the years 2008 to 2010 compared with the sum raised in 2007.

Including car parking penalty charge notice income the figure rises to £277 million, the group added.

It said that the top five councils for off-street parking charge rises over the last three years (2008 to 2010) were:

:: Wigan - up 92.0%
:: Preston - up 38.5%
:: Scarborough - up 36.4%
:: Newcastle-upon-Tyne - up 30.0%
:: Telford - up 30%.

The highest rises for on-street parking charges were:

:: Doncaster - up 125.0%
:: Derby - up 42.9 %
:: Scarborough - up 33.3%
:: Manchester - up 28.4%
:: Halifax - up 25.0%
:: Northampton - up 25%
:: Wigan - up 25%.

The figures showed that Wolverhampton decreased off-street parking charges by 33.3% in the 2008 to 2010 period, while Hull decreased by 15.8%.

Councils that made no increase in off-street parking included Cardiff, Darlington, Huddersfield, Plymouth, Swindon, Torquay and Worcester.

Those that made no increase in on-street charges were Darlington, Huddersfield, Hull, Swindon, Torquay and Wolverhampton.

No individual figures for London boroughs were obtained.

Instead Co-operative Motors was only given an overall London figure which showed that there had been no increase in off-street, or on-street, charges in the period 2008 to 2010.

The Co-operative Motors general manager Tony Guest said: "Motorists are seen as a cash cow since the recession and the impact of Government's spending cuts.

"Our research shows council parking charges have risen dramatically. This is a double whammy on motorists because fuel prices have also gone sky high."

He went on: "Many people rely on their cars to get to work or to go shopping and these excessive rises are an additional burden on household incomes.

"Drivers in the south of England are hit the hardest, with income from car parking in those regions raising £708 million for local councils."

Local government minister Bob Neill said: "Councils need to realise that hiking parking charges will harm local shops and their local economy - and they have a responsibility to help, not hinder, their local high street."

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4:51pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

payback...the Duke not a happy bunny
payback...the Duke not a happy bunny Lifeinthemix

5:09pm Mon 14 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Ha ha -the photograph...

On minimum wage, you can't earn enough money in an hour to park a car for an hour!

Mad world.
Ha ha -the photograph... On minimum wage, you can't earn enough money in an hour to park a car for an hour! Mad world. happycyclist

5:15pm Mon 14 Nov 11

britguy says...

Simple answer...dont go there or any other major town.#
There are enough out of town retailers with free parking.
Or buy your stuff on the net. F*ck the councils and their obsession with money.
And dont tell me about the nasty cuts...f*ck all to do with it.
Simple answer...dont go there or any other major town.# There are enough out of town retailers with free parking. Or buy your stuff on the net. F*ck the councils and their obsession with money. And dont tell me about the nasty cuts...f*ck all to do with it. britguy

5:25pm Mon 14 Nov 11

blylad says...

Parking charges are ridiculous and aren't even consistent. For example, Charter Walk Shopping Centre in Burnley has two car parks, one is managed directly by the shopping centre and charges £1.50 for two hours, the other is run by the daylight robbery operation which is NCP who charge £4 for the same time period! Astronomical parking charges coupled with KGB style parking enforcers in the large centres of Blackburn and Burnley are two of the factors that has kept little Accrington going so strong. Reasonably it can be argued that low or even dare I say, free parking charges in Blackburn, Bury, Bolton, Preston and Burnley would be a nail in the coffin for centres such as Accrington, and in some way the charges go reflect demand but they should still be reasonable. Why would anyone pay £6 to park for an hour or two in Preston when they can get a great choice of stores at Deepdale and with FREE parking? Town and city centres' have to adjust accordingly to competition from out of town centres' and the web.
Parking charges are ridiculous and aren't even consistent. For example, Charter Walk Shopping Centre in Burnley has two car parks, one is managed directly by the shopping centre and charges £1.50 for two hours, the other is run by the daylight robbery operation which is NCP who charge £4 for the same time period! Astronomical parking charges coupled with KGB style parking enforcers in the large centres of Blackburn and Burnley are two of the factors that has kept little Accrington going so strong. Reasonably it can be argued that low or even dare I say, free parking charges in Blackburn, Bury, Bolton, Preston and Burnley would be a nail in the coffin for centres such as Accrington, and in some way the charges go reflect demand but they should still be reasonable. Why would anyone pay £6 to park for an hour or two in Preston when they can get a great choice of stores at Deepdale and with FREE parking? Town and city centres' have to adjust accordingly to competition from out of town centres' and the web. blylad

5:35pm Mon 14 Nov 11

burner says...

I would LOVE to see figures that compare footfall/spending with reduction in charges. An obvious conclusion isn't it? . . . . . . . but . . . the council wants the money and doesn't give a hoot about retailers.
I would LOVE to see figures that compare footfall/spending with reduction in charges. An obvious conclusion isn't it? . . . . . . . but . . . the council wants the money and doesn't give a hoot about retailers. burner

5:35pm Mon 14 Nov 11

jogalot says...

Jog a lot instead, saves a fortune!
Jog a lot instead, saves a fortune! jogalot

5:48pm Mon 14 Nov 11

PeriPeri says...

It what you call RIP OF BRITAIN!!!!!
It what you call RIP OF BRITAIN!!!!! PeriPeri

5:49pm Mon 14 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Darwen would be knackered if other towns had free parking. The council would have to start paying motorists to park here.
Darwen would be knackered if other towns had free parking. The council would have to start paying motorists to park here. happycyclist

5:49pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Poor people need not park here lol
Poor people need not park here lol Michael@ClitheroeSince58

6:05pm Mon 14 Nov 11

DJ_Jaybee says...

Great advert for not going shopping in Preston.

The Retail parks must be laughing - but the town centre retailers must realise this is the last thing they need.

When it's cheaper to have something delivered all the way from China - for exactly the thing you're looking for - than the car parking fee for an hour in Preston, then you know town centres are gonna struggle attracting shoppers.

If people keep using these car parks they won't review their pricing.
Great advert for not going shopping in Preston. The Retail parks must be laughing - but the town centre retailers must realise this is the last thing they need. When it's cheaper to have something delivered all the way from China - for exactly the thing you're looking for - than the car parking fee for an hour in Preston, then you know town centres are gonna struggle attracting shoppers. If people keep using these car parks they won't review their pricing. DJ_Jaybee

6:24pm Mon 14 Nov 11

burner says...

Amazon says . . . " love it!!! "
Amazon says . . . " love it!!! " burner

6:37pm Mon 14 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

just send them a letter explaining they must prove you are indeed a commercial debt account before they can demand monies with menace..

GOONS....don't like them...
just send them a letter explaining they must prove you are indeed a commercial debt account before they can demand monies with menace.. GOONS....don't like them... Lifeinthemix

7:02pm Mon 14 Nov 11

mavrick says...

its free in accrington.
its free in accrington. mavrick

7:53pm Mon 14 Nov 11

TheReality says...

mavrick wrote:
its free in accrington.
Yep that's what needs to happen - people need to go elsewhere. I don't travel to that crappy Manchester anymore as its to dear to park or even get a slow overpriced bus. Best left to the idiots!
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: its free in accrington.[/p][/quote]Yep that's what needs to happen - people need to go elsewhere. I don't travel to that crappy Manchester anymore as its to dear to park or even get a slow overpriced bus. Best left to the idiots! TheReality

4:16pm Tue 15 Nov 11

Noiticer says...

Go by train or bus!
Go by train or bus! Noiticer

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