Public consultation starts 13 January into proposals to introduce evening and weekend charges in Wokingham Borough Council’s 18 car parks and Saturday daytime fees at the Civic Offices at Shute End.
To take part in the consultation people can either complete an online form or write to the Car Parking Section in Environment P.O. Box 153, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1WL.
The consultation finishes on 5 February.
The changes, which would come into force from 3 April, are to bring Wokingham Borough car park charges into line with neighbouring authorities. Overnight parking is currently free in the council’s car parks, as is Saturday daytime in Shute End.
“We understand people are going to get upset about this, but compared to other nearby councils we’ve hung on as long as possible before introducing overnight charges. But we simply cannot afford to run free car parks in this current climate,” said Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways.
The proposals would see a £1 charge applied all day Sunday, bank holiday, and Monday to Saturday between 6pm and 8am in the following car parks:
- Cockpit Path
- Easthampstead Road East
- Easthampstead Road West
- Crockhamwell Road
- Headley Road
- Denmark Street
- School Lane, Wargrave
- Station Road, Earley
- Lytham Road East
- Lytham Road West
- Polehampton Close East, Twyford
- Polehampton Close East, West
- Shute End Council Offices
- The Paddocks
- Carnival Pool
- The Paddocks
- Rose Street
- Winnersh Triangle
All these car parks - excluding School Lane in Wargrave - would also have a 12-month evening season ticket (6pm-8am) costing £292.
Under the plans Shute End would also see the following charges apply Saturday daytime, between 8am and 6pm (excluding bank holidays):
- 70p up to 1 hour
- £1.20 up to 2 hours
- £2 up to 4 hours
- £3 up to 6 hours
- £4 up to 10 hours
The un-laden weight limit for all borough-run car parks would also increase from 30 cwt to 3,000 kg to reflect the bigger size of newer cars.
To make these changes the borough council must first draw up a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which is advertised in local media and on its website. This is a legal process which requires the details of the new parking charges to be advertised for a period of time, and also serves as public consultation.
Copies of the draft TRO for these proposals can be inspected free of charge between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, at the council’s Shute End offices.