What Salford Council is calling "relatively modest" increases in car parking charges will be applied from April this year if councillors give the go-ahead next week.
Car parks at the Civic Centre and Monton Village that were formerly free, will see charges imposed for the first time. The Civic Centre, which was free for the first two hours followed by £1 for every extra hour, will see a new rate of £1.50 for the first two hours followed by £3.50 for over two hours. Monton, formerly totally free for 24 hours, will see the same rates applied.
Worsely Courthouse, also formerly free for the first hour, will see a charge of £1.50 for the first two hours imposed. All other Salford car parking charges will rise by 30%, while annual contract parking on Council car parks will rise by £80 +VAT.
A Council document argues that parking rates haven't risen since 2007 on pay and display parks, and that on-street parking rates haven't risen since 2002…
"The proposed charges for on-street and off-street car parking represent an increase of 30%" it states "but given the low starting point, the real monetary increases are still relatively modest."
It will cost Salford Council £15,000 to implement the changes and the document accepts that "Motorists' reluctance to pay extra parking charges could initially result in a reduction in demand but this should decrease over time as the new charges generally become accepted…"