New parking charges confirmed

You can park all day in Conservative run Market Drayton for £1.80

New charges of 10p for up to two hours of parking are being introduced in three of Shropshire’s market towns, as the council moves to provide a consistent approach to parking across the county.

Prior to Shropshire Council being formed, off-street car parks fell within the control of district and borough councils, and on-street parking was within control of the county council. A new parking strategy was approved by the council in December 2010, following extensive consultation with residents and businesses.

As part of that, new charges are to be introduced in some car parks in Market Drayton, Wem and Ellesmere from 1 April 2011. Existing charges at other car parks across the county will be increasing in line with inflation, and all changes are being fully signposted at the relevant car parks.

Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for transport and IT, Councillor Martin Taylor-Smith, said:

“We have worked very hard on these proposals and I hope people understand they have been developed to make parking charges fair across the county, as well as mitigating the significant national funding cuts currently being faced by the council.

“It has not been a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach – every town has been looked at individually, and indeed some areas have seen reductions in charges.

We understand that short shopping trips are an important part of the economy for market towns, so we have kept the first hour of parking free wherever we can. It is also important to point out that all revenue generated by parking is put back into providing services countywide.”

The new charges are as follows (all days 8am to 6pm):

Market Drayton – Towers Lawn car park:

Up to one hour: Free. Up to two hours: 10p. Up to 10 hours £1.80.

Wem – High Street and Leek Street car parks:

Up to one hour: Free. Up to two hours: 10p. Up to 10 hours £1.80.

Wem – Mill Street car park:

Up to two hours: 10p. Up to 10 hours £1.80.

Ellesmere – Cross Street, Talbot Street, and Spar Bridge car parks:

Up to two hours: 10p. Up to 10 hours £1.80.

Source: Shropshire live

And for comparison:

Eastleigh Swan Centre charges:

Up to 1 hour £1.10, up to 2 hours £2.20  over 7 hours £13.00

Photo: M J Richardson

  3 comments for “New parking charges confirmed

  1. easypeasy
    March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    They could not afford Eastleigh Lib Dems running their council.

  2. March 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    They could not afford Eastleigh Lib Dems running their council.

    And nor would they want them.

    What great vaule for money from a very forward thinking town focused council. Many lessons could be learned if only our council would listen.

    £1.10 for an hours parking.. SHOCKING.!!

    I know where i am going next time I want to do some shopping.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Hedge End?

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