Drivers look set to have to pay more to park in Norwich city centre, with council bosses looking to raise an extra £200,000 a year.

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The Norwich Highways Agency Committee will decide tomorrow whether to increase parking fees in city council car parks and in on-street parking bays, which all together, generate about £5m for City Hall’s coffers.

Council bosses recommend that on-street parking goes up from 40p for 15 minutes to 45p for 15 minutes (£1.60 an hour to £1.80 an hour) in the council’s so-called ‘core zone’ of St Giles, Castle and Cathedral areas.

In the council’s ‘secondary zone’, which includes St Augustine, St Paul, St Mary, St Clement, St Julian, St John and St Peter sub zones, officers propose an increase from 25p for 15 minutes to 30p for 15 minutes (£1 an hour to £1.20 an hour).

The proposed increases in the council’s 14 off-street car parks, which last went up in November last year, vary.

In Chantry, St Giles, Chapelfield East and Pottergate, the hourly rate would go up from £1.50 to £1.60, while in St Andrews, it would increase from £1.40 an hour to £1.50 an hour.

At Barn Road, Magdalen Street and St Crispins, the proposed increase is from £1.10 an hour to £1.20 an hour, while drivers would pay £1.30 an hour, rather than £1.20 an hour, to park in Colegate, Queens Road and Rouen Road.

The council also wants to increase the maximum stay rates, including the £5.50 at St Andrews going up to £5.70 and the maximum rate at St Giles going from £12 to £15.

Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said it was a balancing act between keeping the city thriving, encouraging people to use public transport and generating income for the council.

He said: “We do want to keep the city thriving, but we are under great pressure and income raised can go in maintaining the car parks and subsidising the other services we provide.”

Blue badge holders will be offered concessions. Last year, the council was forced into a u-turn over such charges because its original policy breached the Equality Act 2010 by not accounting for how much time disabled people needed to get in and out of their vehicles and go shopping.

23 comments

  • The Highways agency committee should look at the disproportional impact the City is taking from car bound shoppers at out of town large supermarkets. This impact is not countered with any remedial fund and I urge the committee to look at the possibility to enable a level charge for all car parking in Norwich, a unified charge that also applies to large out of town retailers. The P&R is subsidised by all taxpayers, but not available to those without cars, its time to address this issue as well.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • if i work hard and earn money i can go where i like in my car.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Shop on line that way you don't have to pay to park your car (or drive it there) and eventually all shops will close, the highstreet will be closed and there will be no need to park your car. Then how will the council top up it's coffers? It's a self defeating soultion, here take this gun and those bullets and eventually you'll work out what your foot is for!

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    KeithS

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Duck and Dive, Did you really mean 5 kids and no visible means of supporting them....Having kids is a right, but if you have kids, you must be able to afford them first. Thank goodness for the generosity of others keeping you all well supported with JSA, Income Support, No Housing costs, Council tax taken care of, plus all the other benefits that no doubt come your way. Must be nearly time for a wall mounted 3D HD Sony TV to add to your computer, unless of course you have exercised your rights and already have them.

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    Joe Rome

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • when all these anti car policies have been passed the shops will close down.THEY SHOULD HAVE FREE PARKING TO ENCOURAGE "FOOTFALL" as they say.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • 2nd poster drives into the city. Bookworm - Did you know there are libraries around the city too, not just the Forum? Its small changes which arent going to make much difference at all. Good to see the usual moaners are still all here (and not out in public).

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • This is one way of countering my argument for not using the bus. If it will cost £5.70 plus the cost of running the car to park it might be worth paying the higher fares on the bus. There is still the option of using the Park & Ride. If I am paying postage at several online retailers I can still save by coming into the city and for us it has always been an occasion to come into the city. There will be something to bring us in no matter how close it gets to the doom-mongers vision.

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    George Ezekial

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • If you can afford to run a car and insure it, you can afford to pay to park it. I have 5 kids to support on JSA and Income Support, thank god my rent and council tax is covered, me and my kids walk everywhere and occasionally get the bus. Having a car isn't a right, it's a privilege. The sooner they are banned from the city centre in favour of cyclists and pedestrians the better.

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    Duck and Dive in NR5

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • i only go to the city for the library.i feel my custom is not really welcomed due to greedy councils.get everything from ASDA.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • last poster--you are jealous of car owners.your rant is offensive.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • This is a good move, its a way of raising much needed money for council services but in a way that is voluntary by the payer.

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    expat

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Sr Andrews car park is being supported in places to stop it falling down. Before they think to put up the cost to park, how about doing a repair job first, or is it a case of leave until it's to costly to repair, pull it down ,build homes.

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    Rorping

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • I use toys r us for freebie parking, 90 mins is plenty time for most things. I refuse to give this unfit council anymore of my hard earned corn.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Duck & Dive - what if you DON'T live in the city? If I bring my family into the city it costs me £15.50 for the bus, whereas St Andrews will be only £5.70. Of course I'll choose the car over the bus, I certainly won't make the family walk 10 miles to the city. Once again it's an anti-car policy by Norwich councellors.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • ingo wagenknecht: What are you on about - and how does this relate to the story? Please explain in clear english.

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    Normal bloke

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Perhaps those responsible for this decision should share their vision of the future of Norwich city centre with the rest of us. They shouls also explain why they need £200,000 of our money.

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    Normal bloke

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • So Norwich is a "thriving city" is it? just close St Stephens,raise parking charges and watch it wither on the vine! There is no way city centre businesses can compete with the internet,having to find astronomical rates and rent to keep the army of public "servants" in city hall! Watch as the number of empty premises increases as the council turns the screw on the motorist,empty shops cannot pay council tax!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • This will result in even more shops closing as everyone increases their internet shopping. Reduce the number of bureaucrats as a first resort - not the last.

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    andy

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • Anyone who takes their car into the city and pays those prices, evidently has more money than sense.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • when nobody bothers to come into the city anymore the car park revenue will go down, more shops will close and jobs will be lost. Why is it car drivers are the ones always penalised?

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    Chilly62

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • This may well have an impact on the number of people shopping in the city centre, but I'm sure the owners of Chapelfiled shopping centre won't be objecting to this like they did the proposed Asda store that they said would "threaten the vitality of the city centre" as they'll just up their parking charges too.

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    Anita Dump

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • i think some small libraries should close down.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • "........generate about £5m for City Hall’s coffers....." How much have these useless councillors saved so far ?. Do they require this money as they are getting ready to increase their allowences, pay, perks and expenses ?. Time to force these councillors to sign a legal agreement that says if the city centre goes down too far, then before any government money is released, all assets of the councillors including their families will be confiscated, sold and the money raised to help put right what they have done.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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