over plans to hike up parking charges in Burnham-On-Sea
in Burnham-On-Sea have this week voiced their concerns at proposals
to hike up parking charges in the town.
District Council wants to boost its revenue and is proposing an
increase in the annual cost of season tickets from £560
to £650, and residents' season tickets from £280 to
£325 per year.
District Council's Executive will consider the proposals to parking
fees across the area for 2014-2015 at its meeting on November
councillors voiced their anger at the inflation-busting plans
during a Town Council last night (Monday, November 11th).
Helen Groves added: "Sedgemoor earns a tidy profit from car
parks and this proposed increase could just push people too far
and dissuade them from coming to Burnham, thereby reducing Sedgemoor's
Cllr Louise Parkin added: "Given that the Pier Street car
park in Burnham is Sedgemoor's most profitable car park in the
whole district, a freeze in parking costs would be more appropriate
to recognise the income that Burnham brings in. I see raising
the fees will be detrimental to tourism."
Chris Williams, above, added: "An increase of this size is
completely unjustifiable. It's also not in line with the government's
guidance to local authorities about not using car parks as 'cash
cows'. A small increase in line with inflation would be more suitable."
District Council says it also proposes to retain the summer tourist
parking rate for four hour and all-day charges at car parks in
Burnham for 12 months rather than the current eight months per
residents would park in these car parks for less than four hours
so this change should mainly affect off-season tourists,"
claims Sedgemoor's transport officer Tom Dougall.