parking charges come into force across Burnham and Highbridge
park charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have risen by 10
per cent this week as Sedgemoor District Council introduces new
a bid to gain an extra £90,000 of revenue, Sedgemoor's Executive
voted through a package of measures which will raise car parking
charges across the Burnham and Highbridge area by 10 per cent
and standardize the daily charges across the district to £5.
Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Car
parks cost money to run; they are not just about charging for
tickets. SDC, like everyone else, is not immune to rising costs.
The pressures on local government finances is increasing all the
time and income from car parks helps keeps council tax rises as
low as possible for Sedgemoor residents."
"Sedgemoor District Councils Parking Service provides
parking facilities for residents, visitors, businesses and shoppers
across the district."
tidy and well maintained car parks give a good first impression
for visitors and tourists to Sedgemoor."
cost of parking tickets covers a whole range of expenditure that
may not be immediately obvious. These include rates - yes, SDC
does have to pay rates on property it owns; patrolling and cash
collection from ticket machines - contracted to Somerset County
Council; CCTV; cleaning; looking after the shrubbery etc; repairs
and maintenance to the tarmac; white-lining; maintenance/replacement
of ticket machines; upgrade software costs where there is a change
in tariff; insurance and electricity costs for the lighting."
Leader Duncan McGinty said: "We havent raised charges
for four years and compared to other districts in Somerset we
are woefully below in comparison. Weve
undertaken a consultation and whilst youd expect raising
charges to be unpopular nevertheless some people were in favour.
As unpopular a measure as this may seem I am reasonably comfortable