Coventry City Council looks set to approve changes in car parking charges for the first time since 2010.
If approved, there will be an increase in some short stay car park charges while some, like the £1 for the first hour charge, will be frozen. Under the proposals there will be some reduction in long stay tariffs and prices for stays of eight hours or more in long stay car parks will also be held. All on street parking with the exception of Little Park Street will be unchanged and it will remain free to park on street after 6pm.
The pricing review is the first for seven years and the proposed changes aim to help ensure that short stay parking is available in the heart of the retail centre for shoppers, with long, all day users making use of car parks a bit further out.
Councillor Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "We're making these changes to increase income in the face of Government's austerity cuts. But the changes are also to encourage people staying in the city centre for four hours or more to park in one of our long stay car parks. This will increase turnover of car parking spaces closest to our shopping areas, and will this will support local businesses.
"We have benchmarked our prices against other areas and I think it will still be good value to park in our city centre. In fact these proposed changes to the payment structure in short and long stay car parks will help to ensure shoppers and people who work in the city centre should be able to find the right and best priced space for them.
"Blue badge holders will still be able to park free of charge in all Council owned car parks and free for up to three hours on-street. Parking in the city centre will also continue to be free after 6pm within designated on-street bays and this is important for people visiting our city centre for a night out with friends or family.
“We are also making some sensible changes to our weekly tickets. The cost will go up a bit but the new ticket will be valid in all of our long stay pay and display car parks, offering people the flexibility to choose which car park works best for them.”
The review will see pricing structures streamlined according to the type of car park and its usage, and a new premium short stay tier will be introduced for short stay car parks where demand often outstrips supply, causing delays and congestion issues.
Charges will also be introduced at Holmesdale Road out of town car park which is sometimes used by commuters who stay all day. Introducing charges will help to discourage all day parking, freeing up spaces for shoppers. Once a resident parking scheme is introduced in Hillfields, charges will also be applied to the car park in Wellington Street.
The Council is currently responsible for 16 public short or long stay car parks in and around the city centre and a further six that are located out of town. The Council car parks can accommodate 3,376 cars in total. There are several other privately operated public car parks in the city centre which have capacity for a further 2,838 cars.
The report, proposing the new charging structure will be presented to Scrutiny Board 4 on 28 June and Cabinet when it's meets on 4 July 2017. If approved the new charges will be introduced in August.