Parking charges plan could be rolled out to Royston

PUBLISHED: 16:33 17 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:33 17 October 2014

Extended parking charges could be rolled out across the district if a planned trial is considered a success

Extended parking charges could be rolled out across the district if a planned trial is considered a success

Daniel Wilson

The councillor behind proposals to extend parking charges to include evenings and Sundays has said it could be rolled out across North Herts if a planned trial is successful.

Councillor Julian Cunningham, responsible for transport issues at North Herts District Council, said at a meeting last week that Hitchin had been put forward to test the scheme because of the amount of parking in the town but said further charges would be introduced at council-owned car parks across North Herts if it was a deemed a success.

If agreed, the proposals – which have led to a petition being launched which has so far gained more than 2,000 signatures – would see an overnight charge introduced from 6pm-8am, a Sunday charge, and increased daytime prices.

Mr Cunningham, who needs to raise 16.6 per cent income – equating to £240,000 – across the district from parking charges, said: “The reality of why Hitchin was chosen is all the figures we have show Hitchin has a significantly greater amount of parking than Baldock and Royston.

“If the Hitchin trial is successful, I give you my word it will be applied elsewhere.”

The Hitchin trial was set to start next month until April 2015, but Mr Cunningham said he now didn’t expect any scheme to begin until January.

2 comments

  • 247 charges?! What a joke. This would be the end the end of Royston. It's bad enough as it is, even with the free after 3pm offer. The councillor hadn't a clue. Stop wasting money on updating the North Herts website. Get the money in to support the centre shops. Royston has so much potential but the dinosaurs in charge, the place is going no where.

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    Youknowsit83

    Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • Seriously? Its people like Councillor Cunningham who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Rural towns both large and small are struggling enough as it is to bring visitors in. Shops, restaurants and businesses will suffer for these short sighted parking charges and people will stop visiting. Its no coincidence to see all the empty and boarded up shops in places like Letchworth and Royston and the council should REMOVE all parking charges 247 and get people into these towns, not driving them away to shop in large out of town supermarkets or online instead.

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    railwayworker

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

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