Decision details

Re-introduction of Parking Charges in Council Parking Areas

Decision Maker: Assistant Director Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Cabinet and Officers have been reviewing the decision to cease all car parking charges in March 2020 as a result of the COVID pandemic. The March decision was taken to help businesses and key workers during very challenging times and to help halt the transmission of the disease by reducing the risk of transmission by using the car parking machines. As the economy starts to recover and transmission rates have fallen, it is appropriate to revise the decision and it is the view of Cabinet that they still wish to help the economy by offering free car parking in the town centre, but this is to be limited to 2 hours only.

Financial/staffing/health & safety (incl virus transmission risks)/service delivery impacts/other risks and impacts considered:
Impacts on the budget to re-introduce charges.

Equality Impacts:
The re-introduction of parking charges was not considered to have any negative impacts in terms of equality.


To reintroduce parking charges in council parking areas.

Reason: Due to effect on the town centre economy.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 24/11/2020

Date of decision: 13/08/2020