Cost of parking in Norwich city centre set to go up

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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