approves 10% hike in Burnham and Highbridge parking costs
charges in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge will rise by 10 per cent
from April after Sedgemoor District Council approved the hike
a bid to gain an extra £90,000 in revenue funding, Sedgemoor's
Executive has this week voted through a package of measures which
will raise car parking charges across the district by 10%, standardizing
the daily charges across the district to £5.
Executive also agreed to consult with relevant disability user
groups about the possibility of introducing car parking charges
for disabled customers before making a final decision on blue
also opted to support further development of the cashless and
ticketless transaction method.
Leader Duncan McGinty said: "We havent raised charges
for four years and compared to other districts in Somerset we
are woefully below in comparison."
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
Chamber of Trade attacked the proposed increase in costs earlier
this week, calling it "an unwelcome barrier to business,"
but the council has approved the hike.
A Chamber spokesman said: "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."
comes in the same week that Sedgemoor's Chief Executive has had
his salary of £132,282 per year scrutinised, as we reported