Car parking set to rise

NDET 18-1-13 MC 7'Parking meter in Chesterfield car car park
NDET 18-1-13 MC 7'Parking meter in Chesterfield car car park

Charges are to rise by 10p per hour in three Chesterfield car parks.

The changes approved by Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet will come into force from the end of February at the Holywell Cross (Donut), Soresby Street and Rose Hill car parks.

Charges will stay the same at all the council’s other car parks, including the multi-storey car parks at New Beetwell Street and Saltergate and other town centre car parks.

The measures are part of a package, first agreed last March that car parking charges in each council run car park will only be increased once every two years.

But Ray Russell, leader of Chesterfield’s Liberal Democrat group, voted against the rise and said the price could put people off coming to town.

He added: “These new charges are ‘like for like’ now higher than Sheffield Council’s city centre charges.

“Sheffield, one of our main competitors for trade are cheaper (you can park close to John Lewis in a Sheffield Council car park, for example, for £1 an hour, whereas to park in one of the main Chesterfield Council town centre car parks will now be £1.30 an hour).”

Motorists can continue to park all day for £1 at Ashgate Road car park and at other borough council run town centre car parks for £1 an hour.

Cllr Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for environment, said: “Last March, we made a commitment to alternate car parking charge increases between the three main surface car parks in the town centre and the multi-storey and car parks on the edge of the town centre.

“Car park users have the option to use our other car parks, where charges have remained the same or take advantage of our parking saver options by buying in advance.

“We are also continuing to offer our free residents’ parking scheme which has been very popular and helped bring people into the town centre to use local shops.”

Once the changes are made users at the three car parks will pay:

£1.30 to park for one hour

£2.60 to park for two hours

£3.90 to park for three hours

£5.20 to park for four hours

£1.30 to park for each subsequent hour.

The charge for using the car parks for 30 minutes or less will remain at 70p.

Customers will also be able to park all day in Rose Hill and Holywell Cross car parks for just £4 using day saver tickets, which can be bought at the Visitor Information Centre, Rykneld Square and at the attendant’s office at New Beetwell Street and Saltergate multi-storey car parks.

Chesterfield residents who display their parking pass - received with their Council Tax bill - will get free parking before 10am and after 3pm Mondays to Saturdays and all day on Sundays and bank holidays at certain car parks.

There is also the opportunity to park for £1 per hour at other car parks in town, including:

Albion Road

St Mary’s Gate

Hollis Lane

Spa Lane

Station Road

Derbyshire Times

Devonshire Street

Durrant Road

Theatre Lane

Queen’s Park Annexe

West Street