SLDC to trial new car parking tariffs
30 May 2012
South Lakeland District Council is running a
trial on car parking charges.
The trial will see different charges at four
South Lakeland car parks introduced to see if usage can be
increased and follows a car parking consultation. The consultation
showed the public wanted different tariffs starting from half hour
rather than an hour. A separate study showed that car parking usage
was dropping as charges rose.
SLDC is hoping to increase usage by trialling
an array of charges that would better suit the public such as a 20p
for the initial half hour at Kirkby Lonsdale New Road and Grange
Kents Bank Road car parks. At Blackhall Car Park Kendal, a 50p for
the first half hour tariff will be trialled and at Stockbridge Lane
car park in Ulverston, there will be a tariff of 20p per hour for
four hours and £1 for 24 hours tariff temporarily introduced.
The trial will start following the
installation of new car parking meters which have the technology to
handle the new tariffs as well as give better feedback on car park
usage. The temporary tariffs will be advertised so that the public
are aware of them.
Cllr Ian Stewart, Portfolio holder for
Economy and Enterprise, said: “As an authority we listen
and where we can respond to what the public wants and needs. If a
more flexible approach to car parking tariffs is needed then let’s
give it a try. As such we are implementing the trials in response
to what the public have said.”