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Fight against bid to axe 30-minute parking rates

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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EAST Staffordshire Borough Council is taking a ‘huge gamble’ by abolishing 30-minute rates in Burton town centre’s car parks, it has been claimed.

Julian Mott (pictured below), the council’s Labour opposition leader, said axing the 50p 30-minute rate risked deterring visitors from the town who would not want to pay for a full one-hour ticket instead.

“This is a huge gamble as far as the economy of the town centre is concerned,” he said.

Labour councillors have ‘called in’ the decision, made last month by the council’s Conservative leaders, meaning it has to be discussed again at a Burton Town Hall meeting on Monday night.

Under the Conservative plans, the 30-minute rate of 50p would be scrapped, but the one-hour charge would be cut from its current £1.40 to £1.

“They (the Tories) are hoping the people who currently pay 50p for half an hour will pay £1 instead,” Councillor Mott said. “But people may not be willing to do that.

“I am calling for the council to retain the half-an-hour charge as we sell about 100,000 a year. Getting rid of it would affect a lot of people in the town centre.”

Councillor Mott also said scrapping 30-minute bays would encourage more on-street parking by those not willing to buy one-hour tickets.

“We accept some parking charge increases are needed,” he said. “The rates we currently charge were set five years ago, but I want to see the half-hour rates retained.”

The Conservative leaders of the council, however, point to a public consultation carried out last year to support their stance.

The questionnaire was answered by 318 people, 45 per cent of whom said they favoured the £1 tariff. The changes will net the council an extra £204,000 a year if they come into force next financial year.

Conservative Bernard Peters previously said the authority had ‘listened quite clearly to what people have said’.

Meanwhile Robert Hardwick, deputy leader for regulatory services, said: “This is a wholly responsible way to manage our town centres.”

A council spokesman declined to make any further comment ahead of Monday’s meeting.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 24 2013, 9:14PM

    I agree with councillor Mott It will put people of useing the town center because alot of people just go to pick up what they need.more and more people will order of the internet

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 14 2013, 11:27AM

    another underhanded and devious action by this council who can't seem to realise they hAVE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO THE TOWN CENTRE. bURTON IS DYING AND THIS IS THE BEST THEY CAM COME UP WITH

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 14 2013, 9:28AM

    I support abolishing 30 minute fee and £1 for one hour parking. Sometimes people just need to park the vehilce just for a couple of minutes to pick something up

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 14 2013, 9:16AM

    45% of 318 people? this is an issue that will determine the way people use Burton town centre, not an anti wrinkle cream advert. Across the country local councils keep making the assumption that by charging more for short stay parking, they will reap some manner of 'parking bounty'. What actually happens is they do is put people off from visiting busineses in the middle of towns, driving footfall to larger retail units on the periphery that have free parking. This short sighted idea is one part of the growing blight on town centres. The justification used for this change makes the decison even more nonsensical.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 13 2013, 12:58PM

    Yet again East Staffs Borough Council has lost the plot. Is the scrapping of the 30 minute space a ploy to encourage people to park illegally so that their street wardens can dish out more fines? Short term parking is for people who just want to get something quickly and then go again. Perhaps the Council could waste more money head hunting and recruiting a Common Sense officer, he would have his work cut out sorting that lot out.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 13 2013, 9:55AM

    Blind stupidity as per usual! This Council seem unable to put two and two together....

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 12 2013, 10:11PM

    This isn't a gamble. They have progressively run down the availability of free parking, have less income from traffic wardens, it's not rocket science - pay the £1 or we'll get you with parking fines!

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 12 2013, 10:06AM

    Now I would normally say that I will go to Swad instead, but I often use the 30 minute bays at Burton Place just to nip to Wilkinsons. I'm guessing that's what they are trying to cash in on.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 12 2013, 1:41AM

    Once charges for short term parking are increased it will make no more expensive that going to SWAD (free parking). Equation :- anti car = no shoppers = ghost town !! Is that what the present council want?

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 11 2013, 7:00PM

    I live in Winshill and only ever use the short stay bays as I can get done what I need to in 30 mins but now I will instead go to Swadlincote and enjoy the free parking whilst it lasts there as I am sure many more people will do the same who live on the outskirts

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