Short stay parking charges set to be frozen again in Dorchester
By alfiebass | Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 19:02
West Dorset District Council is set to freeze town centre short stay parking charges for the sixth year in a row.
The suggestion, designed to help shoppers and local businesses, is part
of a wide ranging parking report to be considered by councillors on 14
The report also suggests:
• Scrapping overnight charges in district council car parks along the coast for two years
• A five year programme to replace West Dorset’s ageing ticket machines
• Improved signs, lighting, layout and safety in the district’s car parks
• No increase in the £1 fee for Dorchester’s popular park & ride service
• Increases of between zero and 70p for long stay (up to 3 hours or all day) tickets in district council car parks
• Increases in fees for quarterly and yearly long stay parking permits
West Dorset District Council Car Parks Manager Eugene Barnes said:
“The council removed overnight car parking charges outside the coastal strip from 1 November to help generate evening trade.
“We have listened to local chambers of commerce who have asked us to
extend this along the coast so that businesses there can benefit too.
This could be crucial to some businesses, particularly if the recession
deepens next year.
“Meanwhile, some of our car park meters are over 20 years old and have
issued more than a million tickets. They need replacing. The newer
machines would be networked and notify the parking attendants of stuck
coins and ticket jams. They would take credit/debit cards.”
The report also recommends converting 154 spaces in Dorchester’s
Wollaston Field car park from long to short stay spaces. It says long
stay capacity is available at Fairfield car park plus park & ride,
but extra park & ride spaces will be needed on Wednesdays (market
If the report is approved on 14 December, West Dorset’s town councils
will be asked for their views on the proposed increase in parking
charges before councillors make a final decision in February.