Park­ing charges up at Queens­gate

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ASHA ME­HTA

A SHOP­PING cen­tre boss has de­fended a park­ing price hike of up to 36 per cent.

Two hours’ stay at the three Queens­gate car parks will now set shop­pers back £1.50 - a rise of 40p.

Other tar­iffs will also rise by 40p, with park­ing for up to three hours now cost­ing £2 in­stead of £1.60,

But the Peter­bor­ough cen­tre’s di­rec­tor Roger Hutchings claimed they re­mained the most com­pet­i­tive in the re­gion. He said there had only been one in­crease in seven years and peo­ple would now be able to ben­e­fit from free park­ing on Thurs­day evenings.

He said: “None of us like to pay more and no one is go­ing to say it’s won­der­ful, but it’s bal­anc­ing that with the cost of op­er­at­ing the car park. Shop­pers are our lifeblood and they are im­por­tant to us.

“But busi­ness rates are £5,000 a week for the car park and util­ity costs are sig­nif­i­cant, at well as man­ag­ing staff and equip­ment. I fully recog­nise that any in­crease in prices will not be wel­comed in these times, and we con­sid­ered the de­ci­sion care­fully, but we have to strike a bal­ance.

“We are still the most com­pet­i­tively priced city shop­ping cen­tre for park­ing in the re­gion.”

Com­pared to other city shop­ping cen­tres, Mr Hutchings said Queens­gate was still sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper. Up to two hours at the Grand Arcade in Cam­bridge costs £4 on Satur­days.

He added: “At the end of 2008, a brand new park­ing sys­tem was in­stalled, en­abling shop­pers to pay for their park­ing by credit or debit card. The new sys­tem pro­vides more flex­i­bil­ity, re­duces queues and speeds up exit times. Ad­di­tion­ally, we are plan­ning main­te­nance in the car parks and con­tinue to main­tain our toi­lets, which won a five star award in the Loo of the Year awards.

“We be­lieve our car parks con­tinue to of­fer Peter­bor­ough vis­i­tors the cheap­est city prices in the re­gion, there­fore we are still of­fer­ing shop­pers good value.”

The cost of park­ing on Sun­day will stay the same at £1.

How­ever, Rachael Henry (42) of Field Drive, Hampton, said: “It’s not go­ing to en­cour­age peo­ple to come here. Ev­ery­one’s on a bud­get now. Hav­ing said that, it’s cheaper than Belfast, where I’m from.”

NeW cHARGe: Roger Hutchings, di­rec­tor of Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre where car park charges have just risen

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