Sunday car park charges given go-ahead

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SUNDAY charges for city-centre car parks in Chichester have been given the go-ahead despite fierce opposition.

Two years ago, the council threw out a Sunday charging scheme, after a warning the cathedral city’s ‘special Sunday feeling’ would be lost.

But councillors this week voted 23-16 in favour of charges – a tariff of £1 for four hours and £2 for over four hours in the long-stay car parks, and the standard current tariff in the short-stay car parks.

The council also voted to support proposals to introduce franchised services in city car parks, to include car washing and valeting, windscreen repairs, advertising and exhibitions.

But the idea of introducing evening charges in the car parks has been dropped by the cabinet.

Cllr John Connor, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said the Chamber of Commerce was vehemently against Sunday charges, and the Dean of Chichester, the Very Rev Nicholas Frayling, had expressed his ‘deep concern’.

But he said the council had no alternative means of funding beyond council tax and support grants, adding: ‘They are proportionate and necessary.’