First parking fees rise in eight years for Lewes

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Parking fees are to rise by 10% to help council bosses in Lewes balance the books.

The district council believes that the rise, the first in eight years, will generate an extra £76,000 a year.

Officials say it will simplify the system, while ensuring it remains cheaper than neighbouring areas.

In the future charges will rise in line with the retail prices index (RPI) measure for inflation, which is currently 3.2%.

Critics accused the council of “piling stealth taxes” on residents who use the more than 2,000 spaces at 57 car parks across the district.

While prices will rise overall, from April council bosses will scrap charges on bank holidays across the district.

They will also reduce the charging times in off-street car parks by two hours – from 8am to 6pm currently to 9am to 5pm.

Council leader James Page said: “Parking prices have stayed the same for eight years and will still be cheaper than in neighbouring towns like Bexhill and Burgess Hill.

“Although some people will pay more for longer stays, many will pay less, so we’re putting money back into people’s pockets where we can while generating some much- needed extra income to pay for repairs and other services.”

Restrictions

Town hall bosses said the change of times is to bring the off-street car parks into line with the on-street restrictions, which are enforced by East Sussex County Council.

Currently there are nine tariffs across the district.

Motorists can pay as little as 50p a day, with one hour in Seaford costing either 55p or 90p.

They will be replaced by three tariffs for Lewes and one in Seaford and Newhaven, where an hour will cost 70p.

Liberal Democrat group leader James MacCleary said: “It seems that Tories at all levels are determined to pile stealth taxes on Lewes residents through parking charges.

“It’s hard enough for local businesses in the current environment without seeing parking becoming yet more expensive.

“If the Tory strategy for Lewes is to kill off local businesses and jobs as quickly as possible then they are making the right moves.”

The council said some of the additional £76,000 income, in addition to the £205,000 it expects to receive in 2012/13 from parking fees, will go towards replacing signs and street lines.

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6:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Sussex jim says...

A 10% rise after 8 years seems very good to me. I wish all my bills only rose by this amount. And yet a Liberal councillor uses the news to launch a tirade against the Tories, accusing them of attacking the public with stealth taxes.
He also appears ignorant of the fact that neighbouring Tory controlled Wealden Council has always had FREE parking.
A 10% rise after 8 years seems very good to me. I wish all my bills only rose by this amount. And yet a Liberal councillor uses the news to launch a tirade against the Tories, accusing them of attacking the public with stealth taxes. He also appears ignorant of the fact that neighbouring Tory controlled Wealden Council has always had FREE parking. Sussex jim
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6:07pm Mon 26 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

I guess then that even more Lewes parking meters will now be blown up!
I guess then that even more Lewes parking meters will now be blown up! sbiscorrupt
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6:33pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Tom V says...

How on earth can Newhaven and Seaford parking be the same? Newhaven is dying because the shops keep closing whereas Seaford has a busy centre with shops and restaurants.


Parking in Newhaven should be very minimal or free. The businesses need help, not increased parking costs.
How on earth can Newhaven and Seaford parking be the same? Newhaven is dying because the shops keep closing whereas Seaford has a busy centre with shops and restaurants. Parking in Newhaven should be very minimal or free. The businesses need help, not increased parking costs. Tom V
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7:19pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Hoarder12345444 says...

Just park in Tescos its free
Just park in Tescos its free Hoarder12345444
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8:20am Tue 27 Nov 12

menowhere says...

Hoarder12345444 wrote:
Just park in Tescos its free
see solutions not problems thats what we like to see :D
[quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: Just park in Tescos its free[/p][/quote]see solutions not problems thats what we like to see :D menowhere
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1:08pm Tue 27 Nov 12

keeshond8 says...

menowhere wrote:
Hoarder12345444 wrote:
Just park in Tescos its free
see solutions not problems thats what we like to see :D
It soon won't be if more comments are added like these. I always consider shopping in Tesco when I park there; if you want your parking time to be reduced or more closely monitored you're going the right way about it. ESCC and LDC are desperately looking around for ways to raise revenue at the moment. Be warned.
[quote][p][bold]menowhere[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hoarder12345444[/bold] wrote: Just park in Tescos its free[/p][/quote]see solutions not problems thats what we like to see :D[/p][/quote]It soon won't be if more comments are added like these. I always consider shopping in Tesco when I park there; if you want your parking time to be reduced or more closely monitored you're going the right way about it. ESCC and LDC are desperately looking around for ways to raise revenue at the moment. Be warned. keeshond8
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