Parking tariffs will increase in our pay and display car parks from Monday 25 October 2021. Season ticket increases will also take place on Monday 25 October 2021.
Details of the changes can be found in the notices further down this page.
Reasons for increase in charges
The Council’s approved Medium-Term Financial Strategy for 2021-26, set a budget assumption that the Council should increase parking fees and charges annually by 2%. It made it clear that parking charge levels are mainly set to manage demand and reflect the cost of alternative parking locations. The budget estimates for 2021/22 also include the expectation that income from parking will increase by 2%.
Cabinet at its meeting on 16 March 2021 agreed to implement the increase in car parking tariffs and season ticket prices across all of its public car parks in Baldock, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Royston and Knebworth, and to increase season ticket prices for long stay car parks in Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City and Royston.
Parking Tariffs were last increased by Cabinet in March 2020; however these were not implemented due to Coronavirus. The inflationary budget estimate for car parking charges, including parking tariffs (i.e. pay-as-you-use including payment by phone/ app) and season tickets for 2020/21 included a 2% inflationary rise across the 2 hour tariff band which was rounded up to the nearest 10p in all car parks across the four towns including Knebworth. It also included a 4% rise in season tickets prices for all long stay car parks in Hitchin, Letchworth and Royston, and in business permits for the St. Martins Road car park in Knebworth.
The resolution for 2021/2022, includes implementing last year’s rise and the further inflationary uplift of 2%. It was agreed by Cabinet that the prosed tariff changes ‘be implemented as soon as practicable after lockdown ends, but not before 1 September 2021 and that officers in consultation with the Executive Member and Deputy for Planning and Transport proceed with the implementation as required’.
To achieve the overall inflationary budget estimate for 2021/22, a 3.5% increase has been applied to selected tariffs rounded to the nearest 5p based on the 2020/21 tariff increases except for the 1 hour tariff. The increase use of card and contactless payment as opposed to cash payments across our car parks has enabled the Council to keep the increases to the nearest 5p as opposed to 10p in previous years whilst seeking to protect the economic vitality of the town centres particularly as out town centres start recover following the lockdown.
A further 2% increase has also been applied to the cost of season tickets over the agreed 2020/21 prices, this would equate to a £5 increase on a 1 month Season Ticket and a £43 increase on a 12 month Season ticket over the current 2019/20 prices.
It is to be noted that:
- The one hour tariff bands across all car parks in all four towns and Knebworth will be retained, which will remain at the 2019/20 prices;
- The off-peak incentives after 3pm in Hitchin and Royston will be retained where:
- the After 3pm tariff bands in the Hitchin Car parks from the 2020/21 price increases will remain, and
- the subsidised full ‘free after 3pm’ policy in all Royston car parks will be retained
- the 2020/21 increase in businesses permits for St. Martins Road Car park will be retained i.e. at a cost of £156 for six months and £260 for twelve months
A Notice of Variation has been published in the local newspapers which lists the new tariffs and season ticket prices. This Notice of Variation relates to all off-street parking places listed in Schedule 2 of the following Orders:
- North Hertfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2014
- North Hertfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) (Baldock) No.2 Order 2014
- North Hertfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) (Knebworth) (Amendment) Order 2012
- North Hertfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) (Norton Common) (Letchworth) No1. Order 2016
The new tariffs are due to be implemented on Monday 25 October 2021.