Parking charges and council tax could rise in the Cotswolds

Parking charges and council tax could rise in the Cotswolds next year.

The Cotswold District Council’s finance chiefs believe they could boost their car park revenue by £300,000 to balance their budget in 2022/23.

The council currently offers a “free after three hours” program in six of its district parking lots.

And parking is free on Sundays except in Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold and in the evening and overnight in all car parks.

The local authority is also considering raising council tax which stands at 10 pence a week for medium properties in Strip D.

Finance cabinet member Mike Evemy said the council was facing significant cuts in government funding.

“We still need to generate more revenue if we are to deliver the services to the standards that people expect and tackle the key priorities the council has set out,” he said.

“Until the end of June this year, the government shared our loss of parking revenue.

“We now have to meet the full cost of any revenue loss in car parking in the current financial year.

“We think it’s prudent to forecast a shortfall of £250,000 next year on our pre-pandemic revenue levels.”

He said the consultation would ask people if they agree with their approach for next year’s budget.

And members of the public will be asked to give their opinion on changes to parking rates

“We have in the draft budget outlined a potential £300,000 revenue increase from our car parks,” he said.

“We’ll be asking people what they think of when we charge in our car parks and when we don’t charge.

“As a Cabinet, we will consider the comments when we meet in January.”

The final budget proposals will be debated in February.

Citizens can take part in the budget consultation which runs until November 19 by clicking here.

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