Nottingham is famous for a number of things – most of them great – Robin Hood, Boots, Nottingham Forest, it’s Universities, you get the idea. Unfortunately it is also known as one of the most expensive UK cities to park in. This is not a good record to hold and something that our City Council have not really dealt with in a good way in recent years. In fact the recent extension of paid parking into the evenings was a definite ‘shot in the foot’ which has been universally decried by the local businesses.
On the positive side (yes there is one) I believe that the meter parking has worked well, this on street parking is ideal for short-term visits into the town for shopping or business. I can invariably find a space and then pay for it via the Ringo app on my iPhone (recommended – give it a try).
No, the major issue has always been the cost of longer term parking in the car parks – it is just too expensive and is driving people away (pardon the pun). So the latest announcement from the City Council has left me stunned! The official statement is as follows;
“The new pricing structure sees charges based around a simple £1 fee to give drivers the choice of where they park based on how much they want to pay. The £1 charge will cover 30 minutes parking in the heart of the city during the 8am to 6pm peak time hours. Off-peak the £1 charge will cover 2 hours in the centre of the city – Zone One – whilst outside this zone drivers will be able to park all day for a flat £1 fee.
Peak time parking is from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday with off-peak parking every evening from 6pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. On-street parking is free between 8pm and 8am.”
So the proposal is to change the charging and time limits on meters – as far as I can find no change is planned for the car park charges – they will remain stupidly high. No, the plan is to allow people to park as long as they wish on meters in £1 thirty minute time slots. That is actually more expensive than it is currently!
So if I have got this right the car parks will still be empty due to the high cost, but now it won’t be possible to get a short-term space because people can park on them all day if they wish (but at a similar cost to the car parks)! The only positive bit is the change on evening parking – although there is still a charge.
To sum up then, parking is still far too expensive in the city, there is still an evening charge for on street (unlike Leicester and many other cities) – Stunning – just remind me why people voted this council back in?