Parking is a bit of a thorny issue in Nottingham at the moment, not only do we have some of the most expensive regional parking charges for visitors to our city but we also have the workplace parking levy which has just been brought in. This later charge is going to prove interesting – I am already speaking to occupies in non Nottingham City locations who are asking me if their offices are worth more or at least more desirable to tenants because they are not caught by the tax.
It will be interesting to see if a two tier market appears to develop – I have a feeling it might!
The latest parking ‘issue’ to hit the press is from the student population – now I am not ‘anti student’ we have a large student community that brings a huge amount to the city. But their concerns at being charged for residents permits in the areas they live does rather take the biscuit! I may well be getting old but do students really need to have a car? I know when I was at Nottingham Trent all those years ago most couldn’t afford one!
I accept if you are a mature student you may well have a car, but the costs of parking are all part of the bigger picture of car ownership aren’t they? And as a student do you really need a car, especially in a city such as ours which has such a good public transport provision?
So yes, I have sympathy for the companies and staff being hit by the workplace parking levy – it is badly misjudged by our council and may come back to bite them. But student parking? Come on, get the bus!