Park­ing charges go up in town cen­tre

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

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.”

Mark Waugh

Park­ing at Mid­dle­ton Arena will con­tinue to be free

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