Hike in parking charges is agreed due to ‘rising costs’

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PARKING fees are set to go up in Chichester.

Council leaders have voted to approve small increases in Chichester city centre car parks from April 1 this year to cover rising costs.

Officials said for more than 85 per cent of all motorists it will means paying 10p or less extra to park.

In the popular Avenue de Chartres car park the fee for two hours will go up 10p from £1.40 to £1.50.

The charge for a day’s parking will go up by 20p.

The council has also introduced a new 20-minute tariff costing 30p in its city centre car parks.

Prices will rise in Bosham by 10p for an hour, 20p for two hours, 30p for three hours, 40p for four hours and 50p for the 24 and 48 hour rates.

This could potentially raise more than £10,700 for the council.

A new six-hourly rate of £3.80 and permits of £10 per month have also been agreed for Bosham.

Meanwhile, the council will look again at possible changes to charges in its coastal car parks at Selsey, The Witterings and Bracklesham.

Councillor Myles Cullen, who oversees car parks, said: ‘As everyone is aware there are unprecedented financial pressures on councils up and down the country. No-one likes increases in car parking charges but these small changes will mean that we can cover rising costs without hitting the pockets of motorists too hard.’