Cost of parking in Norwich city centre set for a hike

St Andrews Car Park is one of the Norwich car parks where prices are set for an increase.

St Andrews Car Park is one of the Norwich car parks where prices are set for an increase. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

The price of parking in Norwich city centre looks set to rise, as council bosses look to bring in an extra £75,000 to add to the £4.5m generated from parking.

If proposals to be discussed this week are agreed, then there will be increases at almost all of the Norwich City Council-owned off-street car parks.

Officers say the money which would be generated is crucial to the council's wider budgets and to pay for car park repairs and maintenance.

In most cases, drivers will have to pay an extra 10p an hour, while the maximum stay tariff will be increased at five car parks.

Car parks which would see that increase are St Andrew's and St Giles multi-storey, Barn Road, Chantry, Chapelfield East, Colegate, Magdalen Street, Rose Lane and Monastery Court.

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St Crispins and Westwick Street would only see the 10p increase for motorists staying for four hours or more.

And the price for an evening ticket (for parking after 6.30pm and before 5am) is also earmarked to increase across all car parks by 10p, from £1.70 to £1.80 in every car park.

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Prices are set to stay the same (apart from the increase in the evening tariff) at Pottergate, Queens Road and Rouen Road.

These days, the city council has only 17pc of the public off-street car parking in the city, following major developments such as Castle Mall, Chapelfield and The Forum, which all have private car parks.

In a report which will come before the Norwich Highways Agency Committee meeting this week, David Rogers, client property and parking manager at Norwich City Council, said there had been 'considerable competition' between private car park operators in Norwich.

He said that meant, in most cases, the city council car parks were the more expensive in the city, yet still managed to generate a surplus, which helped raise money to spend on the car parks.

He said: 'Car park operational expenditure is subject to inflationary increases, and the risk of not increasing tariffs means that operational surpluses will diminish.

'Any reduction in operational surpluses has a direct impact on the council's wider budgets, its ability to re-invest in car parks, fund repairs and carry out maintenance.'

Car park fees last went up in November last year.

A decision will be made when the Norwich Highways Agency Committee - made up of city and county councillors - meets on Thursday.

If agreed, the new parking charges would come into force from November. Blue badge holders would get concessions.

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