Tory leader looks into Fareham’s parking charges problem

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PARKING charges could be changed in Fareham in a bid to make the system fairer for motorists.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, has asked for the officers to look into charges at key car park sites in the town centre.

The issue was raised after a resident said he was unhappy paying for a full hour when over-running by a few minutes.

Cllr Woodward said he would look into possible changes and a report is being prepared.

He said: ‘I have got a report coming to me and it is looking at the current parking in Fareham town centre.

‘At the council, we have frozen the charges again for this year but I said I would look into it and we are doing this.

‘We introduced pay-on-foot, where people pay as they leave rather than pay-and-display because it gives people more flexibility.

‘But if people are going over an hour by a few minutes then we will look into smaller intervals.’

He added: ‘It depends on the data. If this is happening quite a lot then we look into it.

‘If it is only happening a few times then we have to see if it’s worth changing.’

Currently, parking in Fareham town centre ranges from one hour’s parking for £1 in the multi-storey car park, to one hour for £1.50 at the Market Quay.

‘But if you go over the hour interval, the price is rounded up to the following hour.

Users of the car parks think smaller time intervals would be better.

Hannah Mundy, 38, from Fareham, has been caught out by the sudden price changes.

She said: ‘Before I’ve gone to pay and I had been there for one hour and three minutes and it charged me three pounds. It would be nice to have half-hour intervals.’

Dan Roberts, 27, also from Fareham, added: ‘The parking charges should be a bit more gradual. It does get a bit ridiculous.’

And it isn’t just people local to Fareham who would like to see them improved.

Caroline Smith, 53, from Bishop’s Waltham added: ‘There should be smaller intervals, they should cut it down to half-hourly.’

But for Richard Croydon from Gosport the hour intervals are okay.

The 38-year-old said: ‘I think it’s a bit pricey and there’s not enough parking.

‘But an hour interval is fine if you can organise yourself.’