Charges are reintroduced to car parks
CHARGES have been reintroduced in two Middlesbrough town centre car parks.
Two hours of free parking will no longer be available at the Buxton Street and mima car parks following “abuses of the system”.
Middlesbrough Council says motorists are frequently acquiring multiple free tickets to extend their stay, despite clear warnings this can incur a penalty charge notice.
In other instances, drivers were buying further tickets following the expiry of the free period to enable them to park all day.
The council says enforcement has proven “laborious and timeconsuming” and has not been effective in tackling the problem.
It means the £1.10 per hour charge will now be re-introduced, with notices on display in the two car parks to alert regular users to the changes.
The two-hour free parking offer is still available at Captain Cook Square, Zetland, Station Street, Transporter Bridge and Amber Street car parks. It is also available in the “jewel” streets to the west of Linthorpe Road (Amber, Garnet, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl Streets and Diamond Road).
Councillor Lewis Young, executive member for economic development, said: “Over the last four years, our approach to parking across central Middlesbrough has proved extremely popular with both shoppers and businesses.
“The aim from the outset was to encourage people to visit the town centre, with parking that is both affordable and easily accessible. Unfortunately in a couple of areas the two-hours-free offer has been subject to abuse, so the decision has been taken to remove it to ensure a high turnover of vehicles in those car parks.
“The two-hours-free offer will continue in a number of central locations including the Captain Cook Square, Zetland and Station Street car parks.
“We will continue to do everything we can to make Middlesbrough great value for shoppers, visitors and workers alike.”
A poster about the new charges