Changes to town centre parking feesPublished Thursday, 10th March 2016
Rotherham shoppers will be able to park longer for less when they visit the town centre.
From next month, customers will be able to park in council-owned car parks for 4 hours for £2, instead of £2.80. All-day parking will be almost halved, coming down from £6.50 to £3.50.
Meanwhile, shorter stay charges will increase so that 2 hours will cost £1.50 instead of £1.20 and on-street parking charges will increase by 50p so that 30 minutes will cost £1, an hour £1.50 and two hours will be £3.
Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: "Decreasing the costs of medium and longer stay parking will allow people to come to do their shopping and stop for a cup of tea or lunch without the worry of restrictive parking prices. We want to encourage people to stay in the town centre to shop for longer."
Last Autumn, Rotherham Council invested £50,000 in Wellgate’s multi-storey 'pay on foot' system so customers could enjoy a visit to the town centre without having to worry about over-staying the time paid for. Since that time, both medium and long-term parking have increased significantly, which ultimately benefits businesses in the town centre.
Cllr Lelliott added: "We know businesses wanted free Saturday parking across the town, but we hope these changes will go some way to supporting further investment in the town. As part of the new tariffs, we are continuing to provide 300 free all-day parking bays at Forge Island at weekends and for two hours in the car park’s 'red zone' on weekdays."
The majority of the price increases are for on-street parking, to encourage shorter stays in these areas. Nationally, on-street parking is premium kerbside space so it is charged at a higher premium.
Parking charges in Rotherham have not increased in the last six years, and the new charges bring parking more in to line with other local authorities, and in some cases, they remain lower than neighbouring authorities.
The changes will come into effect on 1 April 2016.