Friday, 26 April 2013

Consultation opens on Knowle parking charges plan

A CONSULTATION has opened on plans to charge drivers to park in Knowle for three hours or more.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is seeking views on the plans, aimed at freeing up spaces. For details on how to respond click here.

Motorists will be able to park for free up to three hours and then 50p for three to four hours; £1 for four to five hours; £1.50 for five to six hours and £2 for more than six hours.

They would not be able to return within two hours to the six council car parks affected, by the Village Hall, Natwest, Greswolde pub and Tesco.

Charges would apply Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm including public and bank holidays. Drivers would need to get a free ticket for the first three hours.

Those without a valid ticket face fines of £25 to £70 depending on how soon they are paid and the severity of the offence.

A council notice said cabinet member for transport and highways and Knowle ward members
“in the main are supportive of the need to introduce the proposed management system”.

Similar proposals have also been put forward throughout the borough, including at Malvern and Brueton park (full details here).

The Silhillian last monthreported an informal consultation on the plans raised concerns about its impact on business, the Village Hall and the lack of public transport as an alternative.

There were also concerns it would push drivers onto residential streets.

A council report says: “However, the scheme will provide a flexible approach to how the car parks are managed in Knowle in the future, which will be monitored to review its impact and it will also enable the car parks to generate an income.”

It adds: “The system will also encourage customers to stay for less than three hours, which will allow more customers to access the available local retails and leisure facilities.”

It says the plan is expected to bring in £13,500 from 9,500 visits, giving £7,860 savings after operating costs have been taken out.

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