Monmouthshire set for another parking charges review
7:50am Friday 8th February 2013 in News
A SECOND review into car parking charges across Monmouthshire has been given the green light by a council scrutiny committee.
This latest look at parking charges across the county – which have not risen for five years – follows extensive consultation exercises in 2011.
Chairman of the economic and development select committee Cllr John Prosser told the officer in charge, head of infrastructure Roger Hoggins, he was “extremely upset going back to square one” after full consultation took place two years ago.
Cllr Bryan Jones, cabinet member for finance who attended the meeting, said the department’s workload is “enormous” and that shedding staff does not come without costs and delays.
The proposed 2013/14 council budget, itself currently going through consultation, calls for parking charges to increase by 10 per cent across the county.
According to a report on the draft budget by head of finance Joy Robson, the increase is “simply to allow charges to keep abreast of budget modelling and inflation while economic and development select committee reviews the council’s car park strategy in the longer term.”
Updating signs, changing pay-and-display machines and posting notices is estimated to cost £25,000, the report said.
The economic and development select committee, which met on January 29, approved a six-month investigation into car parking charges across Monmouthshire, making use of existing groups looking at the economy and parking issues in individual towns.
Officers will report back to the committee with suggestions at the end of June.