Parking prices frozen for now and income up
Past ticket increases pull in cash
DRIVERS will not face higher parking charges – at least until April 2016.
Parking charges in the South Bucks area will remain the same for the financial year 2015-16 after cabinet members decided to go with officers’ recommendation to freeze prices at the South Bucks District Council cabinet meeting on Tuesday last week.
The district council has 10 pay and display car parks in Beaconsfield, Burnham, Gerrards Cross and Farnham Common, providing 789 spaces.
The council introduced a 10p increase in April and five per cent for season tickets.
The prices are now £1.20 for up to an hour in Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield, and 40p for Farnham Common, The Broadway car park.
The decision to put up prices had been met with disappointment by traders in Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross, who said higher prices deterred shoppers.
In the 2013-14 financial year money raised from tickets increased by four per cent from the year before.
Season increased cent. tickets income by two per
In the first four months of the 2014-2015 financial year receipts increased by nine per cent, while that from season tickets increased by 17 per cent.
The car park with the greatest rise in income was Gerrards Cross, Station Road, where there was a 24 per cent increase in 2013-14 and 18 per cent increase in the first part of the 2014-15 financial year.
Ahead of the meeting officers suggested the budget for car parking for 2015-16 be increased by two per cent, to £953,000 (an increase of £18,680). They also recommended there should be no change to parking charges. A PSYCHOLOGIST hopes to help carers with the demands of their work with her new book.
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