Shocking rise in Parking Charges

Chris Huhne Electric car

Chris Huhne plugs in Cllr Bloom

The council has announced it will be introducing inflation busting rises to parking charges in Eastleigh of up to 20% from January 2012.

Street parking charges will go up from 50p for 30 minutes to 60p (20%) and the hourly charge goes up by 9% to £1.20 from £1.10 while car park charges for the first two hours are increasing by 9%.

While short term charges have been hit hard long term stay are more or less untouched although the £13 per day charge at the pay on foot swan centre car park is £5 more than the daily rate at Southampton or Winchester.

The council deny that increased car parking charges are casing a drop in visitor numbers causing hardship to traders.

In fact, they claim that despite two charge increases last year, usage figures climbed to give the council £2.5 million worth of revenue – although the council may have not fully taken into consideration the affect of new double yellow line on Sopwith Road and Chickenhall Lane plus the introduction of parking charges at Bishopstoke.

Residents will be relieved that parking permit fees will be frozen although the recently introduced first charge will mean that people with two cars moving into the area will be paying £90 a year to park outside their homes – more than residents in other local towns.

In November last year Councillor Louise Bloom, the Cabinet member for Environment earned the praise of Friends of the Earth activists when she told them that the council were using car parking charges to discourage car usage.

“I’m not going to apologise for parking  charges , If you bring a car to Eastleigh then you have to pay to park”

She said at a meeting at the Masonic Hall.

Despite this policy Council members staff who brings their cars into Eastleigh do not have to pay to park in the  the car park at the council offices.

In fact so many employees bring their cars into Eastleigh the council have to use Fleming Park car park as an overspill, thereby depriving sports centre users of spaces.

By coincidence Fleming park has the only free public parking in central Eastleigh.


  7 comments for “Shocking rise in Parking Charges

  1. Elizabeth Holton
    November 8, 2011 at 9:21 am

    This will be Eastleigh’s death knell. Why would people visit Eastleigh Town Centre when the more attractive and larger nearby cities offer cheaper parking and better facilities? It is the residents that will suffer, those supporting local businesses. Well done Council – soon all the shops will be boarded up and Beastly Eastleigh will return to its former depressing status. Southampton and Winchester – here I come – with my customers.

  2. maureen
    November 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Perhaps someone has time to calculate how much revenue the Council will collect from its own employees when the Civic Offices move to the Town Centre. Pretty soon EBC won’t need our Council Tax!
    The Council really is on a different planet if they think that people will switch to public transport when bus fares are extortionate – assuming your bus route hasn’t been cut!

  3. maureen
    November 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    ..AND ANOTHER THING – I can see the LibDem spin in The Focus – “Borough Council abolishes Council Tax”!

  4. November 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This council has so lost touch with local business and traders. Its interesting to note the money that has been raised from these increased charges is not being put back into local front line services but used secretly to keep the POINTless on Leigh Road open. Never mind, the local elections are coming round again in May, prehaps Eastleigh folk will see through the Lib Dem lies and at last start to vote them out of OUR town so it can start to live again..??

  5. November 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    The poor motorist gets hit yet again in the pocket when it comes to car parking.

    Instead of raising charges such as these on an annual basis, why not reduce internal expenditure such as the amount of talking shops councillors go to. The Association of Distrct Councils is a fine example where not to waste money. Moving the council offices is another waste of money. What about the millions that have gone to The Rosebowl. With no test matches destined now, how was that for a lame duck investment of taxpayers money!!

    We are coming up to the time when traders in Eastleigh will be looking to make a decent profit that for some will be the difference between going under and surviving. A good local authority should be working with businesses to explore oppertunties to improve the outlook for the town. This clearly isnt happening.

  6. margaret
    November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Why is Eastleigh parking so much more expensive than that of its neighbouring nicer towns? It’s such a depressing place.

    • maureen
      November 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      Coz putting up stealth taxes is the only way the the LibDems can limit rises in Council Tax, pay for The Point and still balance the books!

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