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Drivers will have to pay more to park in Norwich after ticket price increase agreed

The cost of parking tickets in Norwich city centre is going up. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The cost of parking tickets in Norwich city centre is going up. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Drivers will have to pay more to park on Norwich streets and in city council-run car parks, after councillors agreed to an increase.

Denise Carlo.Denise Carlo.

Prices will go up by 10p an hour at the majority of the city council’s off-street car parks, with evening charges up by 20p from £2 to £2.20.

The changes, which will come in from November 13, were agreed yesterday by members of the Norwich highways agency committee, made up of city and county councillors.

Multi-storey car parks, such as St Andrews Car Park, Rose Lane and St Giles will be affected, along with surface car parks such as Rouen Road, Queens Road and Barn Road.

Mike Stonard, Labour city councillor and vice-chairman of the committee, said he was happy with the increase, saying the usual methodology and process had been used to determine the increase.

Tickets last went up in November last year and will mean parking charges add £95,000 over a full financial year to City Hall’s coffers, on top of the projected £5.65m.

And on-street car parking, where people pay at meters by the side of the road, will also cost more from next year.

Officers acknowledge that hike will “exceed the rise in the cost of living” since 2013, when the prices were last reviewed.

The most central on-street spaces currently cost 50p per 15 minutes, while spaces further out cost 30p for 15 minutes.

Councillors agreed new charges, which would see a flat 50p up front charge introduced on top of those 15 minute charges.

It is anticipated income generated by on street pay and display will increase from about £600,000 a year to £675,000.

And officers told councillors that, as part of a forthcoming review, consideration would be given to whether to introduce charges for on-street parking in the evenings and on Sundays.

That would end free parking in Norwich city centre, but council officers say it needs to be looked at because “substantial changes to Sunday trading and the evening economy” means it is no longer tenable not to charge.

But Green city councillor Denise Carlo said: “I have had several concerns expressed to me, not so much about the increases, but that charging in the evenings and Sundays could displace drivers to park in residential streets instead.”

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