Borough Insight

Changes to parking charges

Last month councillors, at the Environment and Safe Communities Committee meeting, agreed a range of proposed changes to parking charges in council owned car parks from April 2020.

The proposals include simplifying tariffs and making it cheaper to park in the late afternoon and evening to promote the evening economy.car

The proposal sees overall charges rise; the first across the board increase after the majority of council car park charges were frozen for the last three years.

The proposals will now be subject to formal consultation, with the results debated and any changes agreed at the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting in February that decides the council’s budget for the financial year 2020/21.

Councillor Neil Dallen, who chairs the cross party councillor working group who proposed the changes said “Decisions like these are difficult and can be unpopular but it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a good turnaround of spaces for visitors and shoppers and that our car parks are safe, secure and well maintained.

“We need to support our local retailers and businesses by discouraging London bound commuters leaving their cars in our retail car parks all day, effectively blocking their use for those using local businesses – this is a particular issue close to the rail stations.

“With lifestyles and climate change high on the national and local agenda, we also want to encourage other modes of travel that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment for local residents.

“Of course people still have the choice to bring a car into Epsom and into the centre of Ewell and our car parking tariffs are set to help balance supply and demand. 

“We continue to invest in our car parks, with better signage, new payment machines offering more convenient payment methods and security measures including better lighting”.

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  • Renuka de LimaNovember 08, 2019

    Parking charges, however small, should not be applied to the Bourne Hall library car park. Parking there should be free for the first 30 minutes, as it was previously. I live in the part of the borough near Worcester Park station and there is no direct bus route to the library so I drive. Cycling up the long steep hill in Stoneleigh with books in my panier bags, which would destabilise me, is not acceptable. Also at the age of 67, the cycle journey it is quite tough in all weathers ie, wind, rain, frost. 30mins is really not sufficient to have a good nose through the books or any displays that are going on in Bourne hall but will suffice to cut out people who wish to use the car park for reasons other than the library. I already pay the community charge so should not be forced to pay twice for using my borough library.

    Thank you for your input - we've passed it on to the team undertaking the consultation on the proposed changes to the parking charges

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