Petersfield parking charges go up to net £100,000

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CAR parking charges in Petersfield will go up to boost a council’s coffers by £100,000.

East Hampshire District Council will increase the price of a ticket by £10p.

The rise applies to The Central, Festival Hall, Castle Yard and Swan Street car parks in Petersfield, as well as several car parks in Alton.

It is the first time parking fees have gone up since 2008.

East Hampshire’s leader Patrick Burridge said: ‘Nobody likes car park charge increases.

‘But if you actually look at the increases in charges, we have not increased them for four years.

‘In that time we have had retail price increases, inflation has risen by 12 to 13 per cent in that time and VAT has gone up by 2.5 per cent.

‘So this would be in line with inflation and VAT increases.’

The increase will see one-hour tickets rise from 40p to 50p and two-hour tickets go up from 90p to £1.

Councillor Andrew Joy, who is in charge of community, said the increase was part of a review of parking including vehicle-specific ticketing, payment technology, the charging structure and the use of transferable tickets between car parks.

He said the extra cash will be used to keep council tax low.