Parking charges to increase this summer

Borehamwood Times: Parking charges to increase this summer Parking charges to increase this summer

Parking fees and permit prices will increase this summer.

Hertsmere Borough Council says the new charges, which will come into effect from August 3, have been raised following a reduction in grants from the Government.

Although Hertsmere Borough Council has been able to freeze a rise in council tax, it has had to increase charges elsewhere.

Councillor Jean Heywood, who is responsible for transport and environment, said: “Like all local authorities across the country we’ve had to make some tough decisions about services in light of the ongoing pressures on our resources. Here in Hertsmere residents have helped us make these decisions through special surveys.”

The surveys, held in 2010 and 2013, allowed local people to give their opinion on what services they want to protect and what services they don’t mind paying extra for.

Parking on-street will remain free for the first 30 minutes with a 50p charge for up to an hour, an increase of 30p.

Parking in council-run car parks for an hour will be increased from 50p to 70p, while parking for up to two hours has been increased from £1 to £1.50.

In Radlett, the first hour will remain free thanks to Aldenham Parish Council, while the price of additional hours will be altered in line with other car parks in the borough.

First annual residential permits will increase to £25, from £15, with an increase of £10 also applying to the second, third and fourth annual residential permits.

Annual visitor permits will increase to £40.

Councillor Heywood added: “Although we understand some residents will not be happy with the increases, we hope people will continue to appreciate the first half hour of on street parking outside shops will remain free.

“In addition, our current charges are low in comparison with neighbouring local authorities and do not currently allow us to be self-financing, as recommended by the government. We feel the charges are still at a reasonable rate and are still much cheaper than surrounding areas.”

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10:29am Fri 27 Jun 14

logic100 says...

These rises are totally unjustified. How can the council raise charges by more than 50 percent in some cases when inflation is running at under two percent?!
These rises are totally unjustified. How can the council raise charges by more than 50 percent in some cases when inflation is running at under two percent?! logic100
  • Score: 8

10:43am Fri 27 Jun 14

TFEB says...

So £60 for me and my partner to park near the house and not even guaranteed a parking place. £40 if anyone wants to visit. Extortion.
So £60 for me and my partner to park near the house and not even guaranteed a parking place. £40 if anyone wants to visit. Extortion. TFEB
  • Score: 8

11:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

CliffT says...

I suppose if we want to keep the silky smooth roads and regularly repainted white markings we need to pay a little extra now and again
I suppose if we want to keep the silky smooth roads and regularly repainted white markings we need to pay a little extra now and again CliffT
  • Score: 5

11:12am Fri 27 Jun 14

logic100 says...

A little extra? So an increase of 66 percent for permit and more than 50 percent rises for hourly charges is a little extra? I suppose you think 20 percent rises in house prices are miniscule then CliffT?
A little extra? So an increase of 66 percent for permit and more than 50 percent rises for hourly charges is a little extra? I suppose you think 20 percent rises in house prices are miniscule then CliffT? logic100
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

jgee says...

it's cheaper for residents in Watford than it is in Hertsmere to park - and whilst in Hertsmere you can have as many permits as you want, in Watford it's restricted to two per household - that's a much more sensible idea - not a money grabbing idea. Watford only charges £22 per permit, and then £50+ for the second permit.

Much more reasonable
it's cheaper for residents in Watford than it is in Hertsmere to park - and whilst in Hertsmere you can have as many permits as you want, in Watford it's restricted to two per household - that's a much more sensible idea - not a money grabbing idea. Watford only charges £22 per permit, and then £50+ for the second permit. Much more reasonable jgee
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

John_W says...

If we are going to have to pay more, can CPZ try earning their money and stopping the Yavneh parents parking in the residents bays and double yellow lines at the junction of Cardinal and Hillside?
The board of Governors doesn't think its a problem...
If we are going to have to pay more, can CPZ try earning their money and stopping the Yavneh parents parking in the residents bays and double yellow lines at the junction of Cardinal and Hillside? The board of Governors doesn't think its a problem... John_W
  • Score: 10

2:13am Sat 28 Jun 14

studio70. says...

logic100 wrote:
A little extra? So an increase of 66 percent for permit and more than 50 percent rises for hourly charges is a little extra? I suppose you think 20 percent rises in house prices are miniscule then CliffT?
It's called sarcasm and it has no place on this otherwise intellectual forum.
CliffT have you nothing better to do?
[quote][p][bold]logic100[/bold] wrote: A little extra? So an increase of 66 percent for permit and more than 50 percent rises for hourly charges is a little extra? I suppose you think 20 percent rises in house prices are miniscule then CliffT?[/p][/quote]It's called sarcasm and it has no place on this otherwise intellectual forum. CliffT have you nothing better to do? studio70.
  • Score: -1
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