Highbury College to charge staff £180 per year for parking

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STAFF at a further education college in Portsmouth will have to fork out £180 a year to park on site from September.

A letter sent to all members of Highbury College’s staff has informed them that all spaces will in future need an annual permit that averages £1 a day.

One employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: ‘This latest announcement is yet another mechanism to make working at Highbury for staff as difficult as possible.

‘A parking space is an implied term and condition of employment. Staff are experiencing difficult times with no pay increases for five years – our principal is always raving about us being the number one college but this would not happen without the staff.’

Jonathan Cox, executive director of finance and corporate services at Highbury, said everyone, including senior management, would have to pay for a permit to ensure the fairest use of parking facilities and encourage people to take alternate means of transport.

He added: ‘Free parking is not part of the terms and conditions of staff contracts.’