It's official: car parking prices slashed in Worcester

Car parking in Worcester: reduced from July 21

Car parking in Worcester: reduced from July 21

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Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A RAFT of new parking charges in Worcester can today be revealed - and will launch from Monday, July 21.

Your Worcester News can reveal how the new-look Conservative leadership has struck an agreement with city council managing director Duncan Sharkey for a series of big reductions.

The changes, described as "great news" by traders, include:

- £1 after 7pm across the city and just 40p for just minutes at eight selected sites, as your Worcester News revealed was likely last Friday

- 60p for half-an-hour at Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street, a 50 per cent reduction

- Four hours for £5 at Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street compared to the current price of £6, and six hours for £7.50 at the same sites compared to £10 now

- All three of those car parks will also charge £10 for 24 hours, down from £15

- Among the other reductions is £3 for six hours at Croft Road, compared to £5 now

The 40p for 30 minutes will apply to Cattle Market, King Street, Newport Street, St Martin's Gate, Clare Street, Commandery Road, Orchard House and Croft Road.

By law the council must wait 21 days for the charges to start, and is sorting out new signs to reflect the price changes.

The move means all the rises agreed by the old Labour leadership, which was ousted from office in June, have been reversed.

When the prices went up it led to criticism from city traders, with around 30 High Street names and 150 shoppers signing a petition.

Adrian Field, from Worcester's Business Improvement District, which represents the shops, said: "It's great news for the evening economy, excellent news for the city generally and I think it'll be universally welcomed.

"It's a bit of a no-brainer for us, nobody wants to see rises."

The promotion is a technically a temporary one until the end of October, but by then the city's Tory administration intends to ratify permanent changes at September's full council meeting.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader, said: "This is something we campaigned on and we wanted to act quickly to help the city."

The opposition Labour group say the cuts come despite car parking income being 3.8 per cent up since April.

Councillor Richard Boorn, the party's finance spokesman, said: "More people are currently parking up despite the higher prices - there's no disagreement over trying to increase footfall but I do question the financial aspect of this."

DELIGHT FOR RIVERSIDE CAFE AS COACH AND LORRY PRICES COME DOWN

THE price reductions have also been welcomed by a Worcester riverside cafe - as it includes big changes for lorries and coaches.

After a revolt from holiday firms the council is slashing the current £10 price for coaches to use Croft Road car park back to £5.

Last month your Worcester News revealed how Chris Wise, who runs Cafe Severn on the Quay directly opposite the site, said coaches were threatening to boycott his business after the controversial rise.

On top of the reduction, prices for lorries to use it will go from £25 back to the original £5.

Mr Wise said the changes were "a positive step in the right direction" for the city.

Many of the lorry drivers and coach firms had signed a petition in his cafe criticising the old rises.

"Since the coach prices were put up to £10 in April the city has effectively been boycotted by coach parties," he said.

"That’s hit my business and it’s hit trade across Worcester."

Councillor Marc Bayliss, deputy leader and the cabinet member for economic prosperity, said: "I’m delighted that we’re slashing prices just in time for the school holidays.

"We’re confident these steps we’re taking will give our great city a welcome boost at the height of summer."

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9:53am Tue 1 Jul 14

Perfman says...

Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condome this as bad move for Worcester!
Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condome this as bad move for Worcester! Perfman
  • Score: 9

9:55am Tue 1 Jul 14

Perfman says...

Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester!

fixed the typo ....
Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester! fixed the typo .... Perfman
  • Score: 12

10:07am Tue 1 Jul 14

Karl Hunderson says...

Perfman wrote:
Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester!

fixed the typo ....
But not your incorrect use of the word.
[quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester! fixed the typo ....[/p][/quote]But not your incorrect use of the word. Karl Hunderson
  • Score: 13

10:19am Tue 1 Jul 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

I'm not a "Labourite" but I'm struggling to see why the Tories want to encourage lorries into the city centre!?
I'm not a "Labourite" but I'm struggling to see why the Tories want to encourage lorries into the city centre!? I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -13

10:33am Tue 1 Jul 14

DeBrian Thronker says...

Apparently they're planning to introduce a charge for using bike racks in the town centre to compensate for the revenue that will be lost through these cuts.

I wonder what i-cycle will make of that.
Apparently they're planning to introduce a charge for using bike racks in the town centre to compensate for the revenue that will be lost through these cuts. I wonder what i-cycle will make of that. DeBrian Thronker
  • Score: -5

2:50pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

I'm_not_bitter wrote:
I'm not a "Labourite" but I'm struggling to see why the Tories want to encourage lorries into the city centre!?
Sounds like they're trying to support retail businesses and encourage tourists into Worcester, perhaps at the expense of an integrated transport policy? The small and big end of town is after all the Conservative constituency, so they're being consistent.
[quote][p][bold]I'm_not_bitter[/bold] wrote: I'm not a "Labourite" but I'm struggling to see why the Tories want to encourage lorries into the city centre!?[/p][/quote]Sounds like they're trying to support retail businesses and encourage tourists into Worcester, perhaps at the expense of an integrated transport policy? The small and big end of town is after all the Conservative constituency, so they're being consistent. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 2

4:13pm Tue 1 Jul 14

The Villan says...

From the above comments it seems they are damned if they do and damned if they don't!

I know, as far as Joe Public is concerned, this is a welcome move.
From the above comments it seems they are damned if they do and damned if they don't! I know, as far as Joe Public is concerned, this is a welcome move. The Villan
  • Score: 10

10:01pm Tue 1 Jul 14

DarrenM says...

great news another labour stealth tax smashed to dust.
great news another labour stealth tax smashed to dust. DarrenM
  • Score: 7

10:27pm Tue 1 Jul 14

moonpig says...

This is great news. Every time I go elsewhere in the country and use council car parks I am always amazed how much cheaper than Worcester they usually are.
This is great news. Every time I go elsewhere in the country and use council car parks I am always amazed how much cheaper than Worcester they usually are. moonpig
  • Score: 5

9:47am Wed 2 Jul 14

wfw57 says...

Yes, I find car parking so much cheaper elsewhere. And of course revenue from parking charges will have increased Labour - you put the bloomin' prices up!
Yes, I find car parking so much cheaper elsewhere. And of course revenue from parking charges will have increased Labour - you put the bloomin' prices up! wfw57
  • Score: 0

11:14am Wed 2 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

The Villan wrote:
From the above comments it seems they are damned if they do and damned if they don't!

I know, as far as Joe Public is concerned, this is a welcome move.
Let me clarify my earlier comment. Pragmatism is necessary in Government. So while looking after small businesses that may be finding conditions tough, due to earlier heavy-handedness - eg. 'across the board' parking increases - the current reductions in parking costs may not be a good economic signal to motorists, if Worcester wants a successful park and ride system. But if the comments of The Villan are indicative of the majority of motorists attitudes in Worcester, then they're either too self-interested or too poor? But to charge for bike racks! That sends a signal about the current Council's interest in the environment, and the effect this will have on students and people who don't have cars.
[quote][p][bold]The Villan [/bold] wrote: From the above comments it seems they are damned if they do and damned if they don't! I know, as far as Joe Public is concerned, this is a welcome move.[/p][/quote]Let me clarify my earlier comment. Pragmatism is necessary in Government. So while looking after small businesses that may be finding conditions tough, due to earlier heavy-handedness - eg. 'across the board' parking increases - the current reductions in parking costs may not be a good economic signal to motorists, if Worcester wants a successful park and ride system. But if the comments of The Villan are indicative of the majority of motorists attitudes in Worcester, then they're either too self-interested or too poor? But to charge for bike racks! That sends a signal about the current Council's interest in the environment, and the effect this will have on students and people who don't have cars. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: -1

12:06am Thu 3 Jul 14

Perfman says...

Karl Hunderson wrote:
Perfman wrote:
Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester!

fixed the typo ....
But not your incorrect use of the word.
Yes bad day. Never mind I can always rely on help from the grammer and spelling police :)
[quote][p][bold]Karl Hunderson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for the Labourites to find ways to condone this as bad move for Worcester! fixed the typo ....[/p][/quote]But not your incorrect use of the word.[/p][/quote]Yes bad day. Never mind I can always rely on help from the grammer and spelling police :) Perfman
  • Score: -3

11:39am Thu 3 Jul 14

Ted Elgar says...

You mean "condemn".
Condone means "approve of", whereas condemn means "express disapproval".
If there was a Spelling Police, you'd be banged-up by now.
You mean "condemn". Condone means "approve of", whereas condemn means "express disapproval". If there was a Spelling Police, you'd be banged-up by now. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 0

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