Charges are rein­tro­duced to car parks

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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

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