New car parking charges for Chester are published

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New car parking charges for Chester are published

A public notice has been published regarding changes to car parking tariffs at Council-run car parks in Chester city centre.

The new charges will come into effect on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Changes to parking charges will help to support short stay parking in central car parks, discourage commuters from parking for extended hours in areas where demand is high and encourage longer stay parking at the city's outer facilities.

This will see simplified, reduced rates being implemented, which are easier to understand:
Trinity Street — reduced tariff for up to two hours' stay
Cuppin Street — reduced tariff for up to one hour stay
Market — cheaper for stays up to and over six hours
Delamere Street — cheaper for stays of up to and over six hours
Garden Lane — cheaper for stays of up to and over six hours
Brook Street — cheaper for stays of up to and over six hours

A flat rate of £5 all day will be introduced at Little Roodee and Watergate Street to encourage longer stay use. Cheap and simple flat rate evening tariffs will be available at all car parks.

Public parking charges at Christleton Road Car Park will be unchanged.

Frodsham Street and Hamilton Place Car Parks are reserved principally for disabled persons (blue badge holders) and remain unchanged.

Blue badge holders who are borough residents will also be able to continue to park without charge at pay on exit (ANPR) car parks for four hours on any day.

The notice is part of an action plan to ensure parking in Chester is fit for purpose and positively contributes to the city's economy.

The plan, designed to better manage car parking demand across the city, is part of the Council's 15-year parking strategy.

The Park and Ride service into the city will be free every Wednesday from 2:00pm, beginning on Wednesday 11 April.

Future plans also include the introduction of an 'app' to allow businesses to pay for all or a proportion of a customer's parking charge; most likely to be linked to how much they spend.

This will be ready to trial from mid-April

An order has also been published regarding the introduction of parking charges at Bishop Street car park, permit holders and disabled persons' badge holders at Walker Street car park and a maximum stay limit at Sandy Lane car park in Chester.

Car parking charges are to be introduced (50p for up to 2 hours; £1 for 2 to 4 hours and £1.00 after 6pm) and a maximum length of stay of four hours up to 6pm at Bishop Street Car Park; to introduce a maximum length of stay of four hours up to 6pm at Sandy Lane Car Park; and to provide for parking by permit holders only at Walker Street Car Park.

Disabled persons (Blue Badge holders) will continue to be able to park without charge at all locations for four hours on any day.

The draft order regarding the proposals for Bishop Street, Walker Street and Sandy Lane can be inspected at The Forum Offices, Chester, between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Copies of the documents will also available to view on the Council's website www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Objections to the draft order for these three locations should be sent in writing, stating the grounds of the objection, to Ken Prior, Parking Services Manager, HQ, Nicholas Street, Chester CH1 2NP to arrive no later than 5 April 2018.

Any representations received may become available for public inspection.