charges will be increased in Burnham-On-Sea next year
charges are set to rise in Burnham-On-Sea next year following
a decision to hike up the rates by Sedgemoor District Council
council's Executive has approved income-generating plans to increase
certain parking fees from April 2014 despite concerns raised by
town councillors in Burnham.
will be a big hike in the cost of season tickets and residents
annual permits in Burnham and Highbridge.
charges at car parks in Pier Street and Lynton Road will change,
with the the all-day winter charge being removed and the higher
summer charge being introduced all year round.
charges on Berrow beach are also set to rise next April for the
first time since 2009.
has defended the rate hikes, saying: "The council raised
car park prices last year by more than the level of inflation.
Although car park income has increased since then the number of
customers buying tickets has reduced."
the council argues that residents permits still offer good value
for money. "The budget officer has looked at season tickets
in comparison to other neighbouring local authorities and recommended
that the charge be increased from £560 to £650 per
annum, which will still offer good value for money as the ticket
is valid in all car parks. This charge is linked to the annual
residents parking permit (50% of season ticket) so the residents
season ticket would also increase from £280 to £325
the other parking charges have been reviewed and apart from a
small change in two car parks in Burnham, deleting the all-day
winter charge and introducing the summer charge all year round,
the rest of the charges remain the same."
Burnham councillors voiced their dismay at the inflation-busting
increases during this month's Town Council meeting.
Helen Groves added: "Sedgemoor earns a tidy profit from car
parks and this increase could just push people too far and dissuade
them from coming to Burnham, thereby reducing Sedgemoor's revenue
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 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."