Guildford parking fees set for hiking – all you need to know
A borough council is considering changes to off-street parking that have been described as “not carrot and stick, but stick and stick”.
Guildford Borough Council’s Executive Service Delivery Advisory Council met on Thursday evening (January 13) to discuss proposed changes to parking charges in Guildford town center which will be considered by the executive.
The increases cover various rates, with the aim of raising more money to maintain and improve car parks, and support the council’s budget.
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A report from the council also noted that “pricing is the primary mechanism for changing user behaviour” and that the council aimed to encourage increased use of alternative modes of transport such as walking, cycling and using the park-and-ride.
But with park and rides not operating at full capacity, councilors raised concerns that people were not being offered reasonable alternatives to parking in the city centre.
Councilor John Redpath (Residents of Guildford and Villages, Holy Trinity) mentioned that a lack of bus drivers had ended the Spectrum Park and Ride program and asked if increases could be delayed.
He said: “I’m a little worried it’s not carrot and stick but stick and stick, and what can we do to get those Stagecoach buses running again?
“Or can we postpone some of these changes for a while until Stagecoach has sorted itself out?
“I’m quite concerned that you could say that we tried to discourage people from coming to the city center [in cars] but we don’t really offer an alternative.”
Councilor Ramsey Nagaty (Guildford Greenbelt Group, Shalford), said he was concerned Park & Ride sites were not convenient enough to provide people with decent alternatives.
He said: ‘I would like to wonder how we can say that we encourage options and encourage people not to bring the car into the city center when there are not enough options.
He mentioned the savings that had been highlighted in the city’s cheaper car parks, but said he didn’t think they were really options.
He said: “People tend to go to city center car parks that are convenient for them. Options would be better use of park and ride sites which are much more convenient than the sites we have.”
What are the prices offered?
A ‘buyer’ rate, charged at multi-storey car parks at Bedford Rd, Castle and York Road as well as GLive, Millbrook and Tunsgate could rise from £3.00 for less than three hours, £6.00 for three to six hours and £12 for more than six hours at £3.60, £7.20 and £14.40 for the same periods.
A ‘short stay’ rate which currently ranges from £1.30 to £1.50 per hour would currently be consolidated into one rate and rise to £1.80 per hour for less than three hours and £2.30 per hour for more than three hours.
This change affects Bedford Surface, Bright Hill, Commercial Rd 2, High Street, Leapale Road Multi-Storey Car Park, Old Police Station and Saturdays only would apply to Lawn Road, Millmead House, Portsmouth Rd, Robin Hood and St Joseph’s Church. .
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An evening rate would be increased from the current £1 to £1.50 at multi-storey car parks at Bedford Rd, Castle, Leapale Road and York Rd and Bedford Surface, Bright Hill, Commercial Rd 2, GLive, High Street, Millbrook, Old Police Station, Portsmouth Rd, Tunsgate and car parks from 6pm to 10pm Monday to Saturday.
All of the car parks above, as well as the car parks at Lawn Road, Millmead House, Robin Hood and St Josephs Church would see their Sunday rate increase from £1.50 for less than three hours and £2.50 for three to six hours at £2.00 for less than three hours and £4.00 three to six hours.
The following changes are proposed for these specific car parks:
- Farnham Road multi-storey – change rate before 7am from £0.90 per hour to £1.00 per hour, standard rate (7am-7pm) from £1.00 per hour to £1.10 per hour and ( 19:00-07:00) the tariff from £0.10 per hour to £0.20 per hour.
- Guildford Park – change the Monday to Friday rate from £5.00 per day to £6.00 per day, and the Saturday rate from £1.00 per day to £2.00 per day.
- Shalford Park & Walnut Tree Close – Monday to Friday rate changed from £3.20 per day to £4.00 per day.
- Ash Vale Station – Monday to Friday fare changed from £1.00 per day to £1.50 per day.
The next executive meeting will be on January 25th.
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