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Information on Council decision: car parking charges

10 October 2023

From January 2024, we will increase car parking charges for the first time in a number of years.

Town and village car park charges will remain at £1 for the first hour. Other tariffs will rise by £1. (See notes for detailed listing of charges)

Our coastal car parks will also have new tariffs. Short stay annual clocks will increase from £30.00 a year to £40.00 a year.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability said: "These charges are reviewed each year and have not in many cases increased for five years.  Keeping the £1 charge for the first hour in our town and village car parks means that people making short visits to local shops and businesses won't pay any increase. And our parking clocks remain excellent value for money, with a resident using a short stay parking clock once a week to visit their local town or village paying less than £1 a time.

"We have carefully considered these charges and believe we are setting them at a fair and comparable rate." The charges were agreed at the meeting of Council on 9 October 2023. Price changes will take effect from January 2024.

Current and proposed charges:

Parking Clocks:

Short stay annual clocks              £30.00 to £40.00

Long stay annual clocks               £140.00 to £220.00

Long stay quarterly clocks            £40.00 to £65.00

Town and village centre car parks (all year)

1 hour        Current: £1                  Proposed 2024: £1.00 (no increase)
2 hours      Current: £2                  Proposed 2024: £3.00
3 hours      Current: £2.50             Proposed 2024: £3.50
4 hours      Current: £3.00             Proposed 2024: £4.00
5 hours      Current: £4.00             Proposed 2024: £5.00
20 hours    Current: £5.00             Proposed 2024: £8.00

Note - This is the first rise for 6 years.

For coastal (amenity) car parks, the winter tariff has been in place since 2018, and the summer tariff since 2021.In comparison with other coastal car park areas on the south coast, short and long-term parking charges are low, and it is suggested that a £1 increase across all tariffs is applied throughout the year, except the 1-hour tariff which will remain at £1, and the up to 20 hours tariff which will increase by £3.

Winter (Oct-Mar) - higher amenity car park tariffs

1 hour                        Current: £1.00                Proposed 2024: £1.00 (no increase)
2 hours                        Current: £2.00                 Proposed 2024: £3.00
4 hours                        Current: £4.00                 Proposed 2024: £5.00
6 hours                        Current: £6.00                 Proposed 2024: £7.00
20 hours                     Current: £8.00                 Proposed 2024: £11.00

Winter (Oct-Mar) - lower amenity car park tariffs
1 hour                          Current: £1                        Proposed 2024: £1.00 (no increase)
2 hours                        Current: £2.00                 Proposed 2024: £3.00

4 hour                          Current: £3.00                 Proposed 2024: £4.00
6 hours                        Current: £4.50                 Proposed 2024: £5.50
20 hours                     Current: £6.00                 Proposed 2024: £9.00

Summer (Apr-Sep) - higher amenity car park tariff
1 hour                          Current: n/a                      Proposed 2024: £1.00
2 hours                        Current: £3.00                 Proposed 2024: £4.00
4 hours                        Current: £5.00                 Proposed 2024: £6.00
6 hours                        Current: £7.00                 Proposed 2024: £8.00
20 hours                     Current: £9.00                 Proposed 2024: £12.00

Summer (Apr-Sep) - Lower amenity car park tariff
1 hour                          Current: n/a                      Proposed 2024: £1.00
2 hours                        Current: £3.00                 Proposed 2024: £4.00
4 hours                        Current: £4.00                 Proposed 2024: £5.00
6 hours                        Current: £5.50                 Proposed 2024: £6.50
20 hours                     Current: £7.00                 Proposed 2024: £10.00

We have 44 pay and display car parks in the district.

30 of the 44 our car parks are known as town and village car parks, and these car parks have the same charges all year round.

HCC has responsibility for on-street parking.

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