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Changes to off street parking tariffs

Parking tariffs will increase in our pay and display car parks from Tuesday 1 November 2022.

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 2022/23 also include the expectation that income from parking will increase by 2%. The 2% increase has been set significantly below the current cost of living increases to help residents and businesses.

Parking Tariffs were last increased by Cabinet in March 2021 for 2021/22. These were not implemented until October 2021, affording the town centres more time to recover following the easing of the pandemic lock down restrictions over the summer of 2021. In order to enable local businesses to further recover from the pandemic it was also agreed that the Council would delay the tariff increases for 2022/23 until later this year.

Cabinet at its meeting on 13 September 2022 agreed to implement the increase in car parking tariffs across the majority of its public car parks in Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Royston and Knebworth.

Key points

  • The one hour tariff band across all car parks in Hitchin, Letchworth, Royston and Knebworth will increase by 10p and the 30min tariff band in Knebworth will increase by 5p.
  • The off-peak after 3:00pm incentive tariff band in all Hitchin car parks will be a flat rate of £1.50 in all short stay car parks and £1.30 in all long stay car parks.
  • The off-peak subsidised full ‘free after 3:00pm’ policy in all Royston car parks will be retained.
  • All other parking tariffs will remain unchanged, including the cost of Season tickets and will be retained at 2021/22 prices.

These proposals are in accordance with the Council’s policy in terms of:

  • supporting the economic vitality of the town centres by retaining the current 2021/22 - 2hr, 3hr and 4+ hr tariff bands to encourage people to stay longer by increasing the 1hr tariff band by a nominal 10p;
  • adopting a consistent approach across all car parks within each town whilst respecting their separate identities, and
  • supporting local businesses in not increasing season ticket prices.

Publication of new tariffs

A Notice of Variation has been published in the local newspapers which lists the new tariffs.

This Notice of Variation relates to all off-street parking places listed in Schedule 2 of the following Orders: