Council bucking trend of higher charges for parking

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Fylde Council is bucking the trend toward higher parking charges, according to the borough’s finance chief.

Research by the RAC Foundation showed councils nationwide had upped their income from car park charges by eight per cent between 2013 and 2014 and cut car park improvements and maintenance by two per cent. But Fylde councillors decided to freeze car park charges in 2011. Coun Karen Buckley, cabinet member for Finance and Resources, said: “We made the decision to freeze charges to keep people doing their shopping locally and to keep the visitors coming.

“Without the freeze we would now be a far less attractive place for motorists and we are now seeing the benefits through increased use of our car-parks – too many other councils have forced their charges up as a tax on residents and visitors. We have also introduced new, shorter stays for people just nipping into town – and that has actually cut what many people pay. Christmas parking at weekends has now been free for a number of years.”