Workplace Parking Levy

November 28, 2011

The introduction of increased car parking charges in the City Centre have led to lots of comments on the Nottingham Post’s website about Nottingham City Council being “anti-car” . It will be interesting then, to see the reaction if the city council do go ahead with it’s plan to introduce the Workplace Parking Levy in April 2012.

The City Council have already allocated some of the income from the WPL to the improvements for Nottingham train station, more specifically “up to £14.000m funded by prudential borrowing, to be repaid via Workplace Parking Levy income.” As far as I can tell, the money has already been borrowed and thus will have to be paid back somehow. So a failure to introduce the WPL in April 2012, or to attract as much income as predicted, may lead to yet more cuts in the city council’s services.

To read more about Nottingham City Council’s financial position, follow the link below to their 2010/11 draft accounts.

35% increase in car parking charges

November 21, 2011

Nottingham City Council have decided to increase car parking charges both in its car parks and for on street car parking.

As reported in the Post, “Parking for two hours at Broadmarsh and Fletcher Gate car parks has gone up by almost 13 per cent – from £3.10 to £3.50. Meanwhile, Trinity Square car park has gone up nearly nine per cent – £3.50 to £3.80.

Last November, the council raised prices at all three by more than 10 per cent. And charges at Trinity Square were increased again in April. This means two hours’ parking there has gone up by 35 per cent in 13 months….Last Monday, the council introduced charges for parking on city centre streets on Sundays for the first time and extended charging hours until 8pm during the week.”

Doesn’t seem the wisest move during a recession, with struggling retailers. 

Interestingly as well one commenter on the Post site notes:

“at the meeting’s of the CITY CENTRE AREA COMMITTEE, [25 JULY 2011 & 26 SEPTEMBER 2011] (where such things might be discussed be of some interest) I can find no reference to parking charges, even though one would have thought this subject would be of interest to the councillors who sit on this committee!”

Follow the link below to read more.

Unsafe Victoria Centre parking?

November 15, 2010

A reader of the Nottingham Post posted about a bad experience of using the Victoria Centre car park.

“I parked in the Vic Cen on Sunday, NEVER AGAIN!
Myself and others couldn’t use the lift and the doors to the stairs were locked! we had to get out via the in ramp.

Had there been a fire who knows what would have happened. Trying to get back in was even harder, the only way was the entry ramp under the bus station!! What a disgrace..”

Follow the link below to read the original post.

Roving speed car camera

October 5, 2010

A reader of Indymedia spotted a car on Mansfield Road with a speed camera installed.

Another waste of money?

September 30, 2010

In the Nottingham Post one reader has posted the following comment.

“The electronic parking signs are a waste of money anyway. I used to pay attention to them but more than once the Car Park with the largest number of empty spaces indicated is always full.

I then try the one they say is full and surprise, surprise it is nearly empty. When I walked back to shop the sign was still giving the same numbers. I now head for the one that they say is full and always find spaces.

How are these signs updated? Maybe it is a plan to keep the cars away from the shops. ”

I didn’t know these signs weren’t accurate. I know these electronic signs were paid for by Central Government funding.

Has anyone else tried to use these electronic signs? Were they accurate?

Follow the link to read the original comment in the Nottingham Post.

Station users ‘caught short’ by barriers

August 25, 2009

“PEOPLE visiting Nottingham railway station but not catching a train risk being caught short because they can no longer access public toilets.

New ticketing barriers, opened last week, stop anyone who has not paid for a train fare from accessing the platforms.

But because the toilets are on the platforms, people who use the station shops and cafes without travelling, or pick up or drop off passengers, cannot use them…

David Thornhill, chairman of Notts Campaign for Better Transport, said the toilets at the station had been one of the few places left in the city that people could use.

“The railways are not there just to provide public conveniences but we do have this terrible situation in the city where there just aren’t many public toilets,” he said.”

Follow the link below to read more.

Unauthorised car parks “a threat to regeneration”

August 17, 2009

“UNAUTHORISED car parks are threatening the regeneration of the city centre and clogging its roads with traffic, according to the city council.

 It said the temporary car parks, which have sprung up on cleared building sites and in empty properties, are deterring developers who could strengthen the city’s image as a major European centre.

At least six have recently been set up without planning permission around the edge of the city, offering all-day parking to hundreds of motorists for as little as £3.

The council say they are undermining congestion-busting strategies which encourage public transport use and limit city centre parking to mainly short and medium stay.

The council is now considering enforcement action, including prosecution, to shut them down.”

To read more follow the link below.

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