overhaul could see Tuckers Garage site turned into a car park
Burnham-On-Sea's Tuckers Garage site into a car park and introducing
new parking charges at Highbridge's Apex Park are among the options
that look set to be considered by Sedgemoor District Council as
it seeks to raise extra cash from motorists.
District Council said this week 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 also 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 would yield £87,000 of extra income.
the daily parking charges across the district at £5 per
day is a further option, which would generate an extra £50,000
per year. The council is also considering raising the cost of
blue badge and motorcycle parking.
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton told a meeting of the council this
week: "Introducing a 10% across the board raise would solve
the problem and has the least impact to residents across the town,
but I wouldn't want to see new charges at Apex Park."
Louise Parkin, right, added: "The 10% makes sense
to me as well - I wouldn't want to see Highbridge's charges treated
in parallel to Burnham's Pier Street car park."
the recent Chamber meeting with traders, there was voiced a request
for one hour's free parking in the Pier Street Car Park to enable
quick shoppers to use the town's shops and facilities - I am very
much in favour of that."
there any possibility that someone could look at the old Tuckers
Garage site and explore using that as a car park until it is developed.
SDC could lease it from the present owners until such time as
they decide to develop it or even talk to the developers about
turning it into a car park."
think it could be a valuable asset as it could be many years until
it is used and it is just sitting there doing nothing."
Phil Harvey added that he would support a 10% increase and would
not "want to see standardised charges in Burnham and Highbridge."
Paul Young said he is "slightly perturbed about any new charges
for Apex Park - £2 would be as big flat fee" and may
hit attendance events such as the weekly Park Runs. "This
would be a step in the wrong direction," he said.
District Council's Executive will be discussing the proposals
in more detail at its meeting on February 17th.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The report,
which will be going to the Executive on 17th February, outlines
the current position regarding income from car parking and sets
out a range of options for generating further revenue, to make
up for the further reductions in Revenue Support Grant from central
course, SDC understands that there needs to be a balance between
our charging strategy and the need to generate revenue to pay
for core services, whilst not discouraging economic prosperity
and growth in the district."
town and parish councils have had the opportunity to discuss the
proposed changes, so that their feedback can be reported to the
Executive during the debate on 17th February."