Car park fee hike Waitrose car park, 1st April. £10,000 extra revenue for @WaverleyBC

Yesterday Car Park fees increased in the Waitrose/High Street car park in Haslemere. The increase was agreed at this meeting and this is the public notice from Waverley Borough Council.

In the council’s service plans that were presented to the joint Corporate and Community Overview & Scrutiny Committees last month, it was recorded the increase will yield approximately £10,000 revenue for the council.

On the High Street Waitrose Car Park (ES 5.3, pages 9):

Action(s): Introduce agreed tariff changes at High Street, Haslemere to align with other ‘prime’ sites.

Timescales / Deadlines: Revised Tariff introduced April 2013

Lead Officer: Margaret Jerome

Resource Implications Cap/Rev: Officer time. Will result in increased income of approx. £10,000 per annum.

Success Criteria/Measures: Amended tariff structure introduced.

An article in the current issue of The Haslemere Guide about Town Planning by Ted Bruning includes the effect of increasing car park charges for shops. The article begins…

Come April, the start of the new financial year, and everything goes up, including in many towns across the country, the price of parking.

Well, you may say, these are hard times and local councils have to fund their activities somehow. But the cost of town-centre parking is more than just a nuisance: it’s slow poison for high street retailers whether they’re independent or branches of national chains.

Read the whole article here – Town Planning – published with kind permission of The Haslemere Guide.