Great News for Car Parking Charges
You might have to pinch yourself, but something strange happened at Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meeting today. After a lengthy debate, the majority of Cabinet Councillors voted and supported the Parking Panel’s recommendations to freeze car parking charges for 2013/14. Just to repeat in case you might have misread, freeze car parking charges.
This will no doubt be welcomed by the public and traders. It is the first time in the authorities history, that car parking charges have been frozen. Credit should be given to those Cabinet members who took the brave and bold decision to go against the recommendations of an 3.2% increase across the board and go for the zero increase. However, not all Cabinet members voted in favour, as four voted for the increase.
The Parking Panel has long argued that just adding a figure on to a budget predictions is not the most sensible way to go in raising revenue. As that budget target has yet to have been reached, and is predicted for a shortfall of £1.6m for the year 2012/13. This freeze will allow a better picture of how car parking is working (or not working) in areas. This has been hard to do before, as year each year a percentage has been added, which has made it difficult to monitor how well the service is functioning.
I also welcome Bert Biscoe, the Portfolio Holder which car parking comes under, has tasked the panel answer the question of is car parking revenue a business or service. The panel has wanted to get to grips with this question, but has been thwarted until now.
So congratulations to the Cabinet for approving a zero rise in car parking charges for next year.