City parking costs to change
New costs aim to boost car park income by £300,000
Aims of the changes:
To discourage long-stay parking in car parks
To maintain affordable, value for money costs for short-stay parking
Discounting the cost of parking at off-peak times, such as evenings, overnight and low peak days such as Monday and Tuesdays
To maintain differential pricing on Saturday and Sunday and the other days of the week
To maintain differential pricing between Grand Arcade and other car parks to reduce queuing
To bring Sunday pricing in line with Saturday pricing given the very busy nature of the city on Sundays
The city council are considering changes to parking charges from next year.
The changes include increased prices during peak times, and decreased prices on Mondays and Tuesdays in multistorey car parks.
For example, one hour at the Grafton Centre during peak times would cost £2.00 on Mondays and Tuesdays, £2.30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and £2.60 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cambridge City Council’s car parks cost £7.7m to operate, if shopper’s habits do not change, next year’s increase in car parking charges may generate around £300K additional income.
The final recommendation will go to Environment Scrutiny Committee on 17 January 2017 before the new prices come into force on 1 April 2017.