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Exeter Car Park charges to go up at least 10%

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Councillors say it's to reduce congestion

The rise will come into force in April and the authority says it will help to "balance the budget".

A report - which will be discussed by councillors next week - shows the council can't support its aim of reducing congestion in the city centre without “reasonable and regular increases in tariffs”.

The authority wants to make other transport options cheaper, quicker and more convenient than driving.

The council says it is "investing heavily" in the new Bus Station which they say should encourage people to consider alternatives to driving into the city centre.

The 10% rise is expected to generate an extra £764,000.

The council is trying to find additional savings of £3.9 million over the next two financial years because of Government cuts. 

They say previous predictions that increasing charges would put people off coming to the city proved unfounded. Figures show a 4% increase in the number of people using City Council car parks over the last year. 

Premium Car Parks (Guildhall, Mary Arches, John Lewis)
Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
1 hour £3 £3.30
2 hours £4 £4.40
3 hours £5 £5.50
4 hours £6 £6.60
5 hours £7 £7.70
6 hours £8 £8.80
7 hours £9 £9.90
All day £15 £15
     
     
Zone 1 Car Parks (Bampfylde Street, Bartholomew Terrace, Harlequins, King William Street, Magdalen Road, Magdalen Street, Matthews Hall, Princesshay 2, Princesshay 3, Smythen Street)
Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
1 hour £2 £2.20
2 hours £3 £3.30
3 hours £4 £4.40
4 hours £5 £5.50
5 hours £6 £6.60
6 hours £7 £7.70
7 hours £8 £8.80
All day £12 £13
     
Zone 2 Car Parks (Belmont Road, Bystock Terrace, Cathedral & Quay, Haven Road 1, Howell Road, Richmond Road, Parr Street, Topsham Quay, Triangle)
Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
1 hour £2 £2.20
2 hours £3 £3.30
3 hours £4 £4.40
4 hours £5 £5.50
5 hours £6 £6.60
All day £10 £11
     
     
Zone 3 Car Parks (Flowerpot, Haven Road 2 & 3, Holman Way, Okehampton Street, Tappers Close, Turf Approach)
Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
1 hour £0.50 £1
2 hours £1 £1.50
3 hours £1.50 £2
4 hours £2 £2.50
All day £3.00 £3.50
     
Zone 3 Car Parks with Maximum Stay (Bromhams Farm, Clifton Hill, Gordons Place, Station Road (Exwick))
Stay Current Tariff Proposed Tariff
1 hour £0.50 £1
2 hours £1 £1.50
3 hours £1.50 £2

The report is due to be discussed by members of the council’s Place Scrutiny Committee on January 17th. The council’s executive will make the final decision on February 12, 2019.

If agreed by the executive, the parking charges would come into effect from April 2019.

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