Sunday car parking charges for city centre

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CAR parking charges could be introduced on Sundays and in the evening in Chichester.

Councillors are considering introducing extra charges at city centre car parks.

It comes nearly two years after a similar proposal was thrown out by the council amid warnings the cathedral city’s ‘special Sunday feeling’ would be lost.

Introduction of a £1 all-day or £1 for four hours/£2 all-day rate in all the council’s city centre car parks on a Sunday could provide a minimum income of £175,000, a report says.

New overnight charges are also on the table, along with a range of other options for the car parks in an effort to raise Chichester District Council’s income by between £472,000 and £683,600.

Currently the net annual income from pay-and-display car parks is £2.43m a year – meaning the proposed measures could offer a boost of 18 to 25 per cent.

In October 2009, the council voted 17 to 13 against bringing in Sunday charges – despite a recommendation by its executive board – with 12 abstentions.

Now, with the council under continuing financial pressure along with other local authorities across the area, its cabinet is due to consider a number of cash-raising possibilities for the car parks.

Final decisions will be made by the full council.

The council report also stated that a study by consultants had estimated a further 500 spaces would be needed in the city centre by 2018.

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