Parking charges go up in town centre
PRICES have gone up in some council-owned car parks in Middleton town centre.
The changes, which were agreed by the council’s cabinet in June, came into force on Saturday.
They also affect some car parks in Rochdale, while car parks in Heywood remain free of charge and are not affected.
In Middleton, car parks at Middleton Arena, Market Place, East View and Chapel Street, which all have a maximum stay of three hours, will continue to be free of charge.
Prices have changed at Limetrees and Middleton Archer car parks however.
It will still be free to park there for three hours, after which parking for up to four hours will cost £1, five hours £1.30, six hours £1.60 and more than six hours will cost £5.
It is also free to park between 6pm and 8am and on bank holidays.
Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale borough council, said: “These changes put us in line with most private car parks and will make it easier for visitors to find a space in our car parks. We are one of the only boroughs in Greater Manchester to offer three hours’ free parking in council-owned car parks and this positive policy, which has been welcomed by businesses and visitors, will continue, alongside free parking all day on Sundays.
“Motorists should be aware that tickets now need to be displayed in all car parks in the affected area, so I would advise visitors to always check the tariff boards.”
Parking at Middleton Arena will continue to be free