Looks like motorists are going to have to dig just a little bit deeper into their pockets with plans to increase off-street car parking charges in Bath and North East Somerset.
The changes which are set to be consulted on – would see an increase in the cost of parking across the region. A two-hour stay at Avon Street would cost £3.40, an increase of 20p from current prices and a two-hour stay at Ashton Way, Keynsham would go up from 40p to 60p.
The decision to increase off street parking charges was agreed by the council in February as part of its budget-setting and will be only the second time parking charges in Bath and North East Somerset have increased since 2010.
The changes are being made to help reduce congestion and improve air quality by encouraging more people to use Bath’s Park & Rides and other forms of public transport as well as encouraging more walking, wheeling and cycling for local journeys.
The council is consulting on the following:
- Proposed Bath car park charges
- Proposed Keynsham car park charges
- Proposed car park season ticket charges
- Proposed new tariff to facilitate electric vehicle charging in long stay car parks
- Proposed charges for reserved space parking permits in residents’ permit holder only car parks
- Proposed permit holders only parking for Southview Road car park, Bath
- Proposed new seasonal parking charges at The Shallows car park in Saltford
- Proposed new charges for parking at Park and Ride car parks for those not using the service
- Removal of the 10% residents parking saver discount in car parks
- Removal of the 10p fee in car parks when using MiPermit
A summary of the proposed charges can be read here.
The council’s report includes proposed charges at Park and Rides sites for motorists that do not use the Park and Ride service and would cost £1 for three hours or £2 for all day. Parking will remain free of charge to customers that use the Park and Ride service.
Councillor Manda Rigby, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘The decision to increase these charges was made earlier in the year when the budget was set and approved by the full council. Changes to permit and car parking charges are aimed at shifting the way we get around and encouraging walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport which in turn eases congestion, improves air quality and helps with our Journey to Net Zero ambitions.
‘The proposed price increases are relatively small, and only the second time we have raised parking and permit prices in the last 12 years, with the most recent being in August 2018.
‘We’re encouraging people to have their say on these proposals through our online consultation.”
The consultation closes Thursday, September 15 and can be viewed here