Cuts to parking charges could be brought forward

By Tim Clarke Tuesday 13 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 16:31

A RAFT of cuts to parking charges in Worcester city centre could be in place by the start of the New Year if the proposals are backed by councillors.

City council leader Simon Geraghty told the Standard he is pressing for the proposed new charges to be brought into force by January 1 - a month earlier than originally planned.

We previously reported how the council is planning to introduce new 30 minute daytime tariffs of 40p and 60p in a number of its car parks, as well as cutting evening parking charges to just £1 from 7pm onwards.

All-day parking at St Martin's Gate multi-storey would also be slashed from £6 to £3.60 as part of a package of measures which are set to go before full council at the end of this month.

The council had stated the new charges would not be in place until February to allow time for new signage to be purchased and parking payment machines to be adjusted.

But Coun Geraghty said he would ask council officers to investigate whether the process could be sped up to give shoppers a boost in time for the January sales.

"Having listened to what people have said two months to bring in these changes does seem longer than necessary," Coun Geraghty said.

"From a customer point of view we want to bring in these new charges as quickly as possible subject to council approval so I am going to be asking officers to look into whether they could be brought in from January 1. I think that might be more realistic and would be a boost to people coming to the sales after Christmas."

There tends to be a lull straight after Christmas so if we can get people back into the shops on the basis of cheaper and more flexible parking then it could be a New Year boost to city shops."

The report into parking charges is set to be discussed by the council's cabinet tonight (Tuesday) ahead of the full council meeting on November 27.

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