parking charges hike in Burnham attacked by businesses
to increase car parking charges by 10% in Burnham-On-Sea would
be detrimental to town centre businesses, it's been claimed this
Sedgemoor Distict Council is considering a hike in car parking
charges across Burnham and Highbridge, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported
here earlier this month.
Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade spokesman said this week: "Whilst
understanding Sedgemoor's budget issues and the ongoing capping
of Council Tax increases, across the board increases in parking
charges are detrimental when there is little attempt by Sedgemoor
to attract extra shoppers into the town."
Chamber recognises that out-of-town supermarkets and shopping
centres offer free parking and there are no parking charges for
shoppers who sit at home on their computer or tablet to shop online."
charges are an unwelcome barrier to business in a town that has
reducing public transport, an elderly population and a seasonal
influx of visitors."
there must be charges for use of Sedgemoor's car park, let the
charges be reasonable and effective and let there be greater dialogue
about how the needs of Sedgemoor and business can be met."
District Council says it needs to raise an extra £90,000
of revenue per year from parking charges across the district after
cuts to its funding from central government.
new parking charges at Apex Park in Highbridge is one of the options
being considered - and a one-off charge of £2 for the 100
spaces could generate £30,000 per year.
suggestions include an across-the-board hike in all car park charges
of ten per cent, which it says would yield £87,000 of extra
the daily parking charges across the district at £5 per
day is a further option, which would generate an extra £50,000
council is also considering raising the cost of blue badge and