Parking charges to go up by 20%
“The Save our Beach campaign said no one would come to Llandudno because of the state of the beach, but you couldn’t move there in the summer. A parking charge will not deter people.”
Cllr Anne McCaffrey pointed out that charges hadn’t been raised since 2008 and that the “status quo was no longer sustainable”.
Iwan Davies, Conwy council’s chief executive, said: “This is a difficult decision but there will be far more difficult decisions that will have to be made in due course.”
Councillors supported the recommendation to scrap free parking during the Christmas period this year, and to evaluate the effect on local businesses.
However, highways portfolio holder Cllr Dave Cowans agreed to start a dialogue with local community and town councils to see if they would foot the £10,000 bill and allow free parking to continue.
It was agreed that one-hour parking charges will be frozen in order to support local businesses.
Cllr Cowans said: “The council won’t rush into anything. We’ll take our time to decide what to do and will be looking at the whole county in a push to raise funds.”