Top of The Town car parks to offer free parking for half-an-hour from Monday

Basingstoke Gazette: Park for free in Basingstoke town centre Park for free in Basingstoke town centre

VISITORS to Basingstoke town centre will be able to park for free for up to half an hour from April 14.

The new measures apply to all borough council-owned, short stay car parks between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, and aim to benefit businesses in the Top of The Town in particular.

Car parks affected by the change are Albert Yard, Castons Yard, Feathers Yard, Jacobs Yard, Joices Yard and Central car parks.

Councillor Cathy Osselton, cabinet member for partnerships, who is responsible for parking and proposed the plans, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to introduce free car parking for half-an-hour in the town.

“I hope this will encourage people, who may have been put off by the cost of short- term parking in the past, to support their local shops and businesses.”

She added: “It’s now even easier to nip into the Top of The Town for a quick shopping trip.”

Pay-and-display tickets will still be required for over half-an-hour’s parking, and parking attendants will be monitoring vehicles.

Free parking remains unavailable in the town’s long-stay car parks, but the charge for up to 30 minutes will remain at 50p.

The charge for staying in the council’s town centre car parks for an hour has also been frozen at £1.

The council expects that the income from parking charges will fall to below inflation when the changes take effect.

People parking in the evenings and on Sundays will still have to pay the £1 flat charge.

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9:28am Sat 12 Apr 14

AHSTONE says...

The council should remove the flat rate evening and sunday charge. Thats just a revenue scheme to issue fines for not paying.
The council should remove the flat rate evening and sunday charge. Thats just a revenue scheme to issue fines for not paying. AHSTONE
  • Score: 13

12:04pm Sun 13 Apr 14

jonone says...

AHSTONE wrote:
The council should remove the flat rate evening and sunday charge. Thats just a revenue scheme to issue fines for not paying.
It's a pound. Anyone who "can't afford that" should be questioned as to how they can afford a car.
[quote][p][bold]AHSTONE[/bold] wrote: The council should remove the flat rate evening and sunday charge. Thats just a revenue scheme to issue fines for not paying.[/p][/quote]It's a pound. Anyone who "can't afford that" should be questioned as to how they can afford a car. jonone
  • Score: -6

11:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

saxcu@imgof.com says...

£1 is fine. it is less than a liter of petrol
if it helps council to keep car park clean and run the lights - it is very small charge
£1 is fine. it is less than a liter of petrol if it helps council to keep car park clean and run the lights - it is very small charge saxcu@imgof.com
  • Score: -7

12:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Whatever next says...

I think Festival place along with the other car parks should offer subsidised parking to those using the sports centre. Come on Basingstoke and Dean thought you are suppose to encourage people to use the facilities, discounted parking would go a great way. Would hate to think how much I spend on parking for evenings and weekends just to use the sports centre......
I think Festival place along with the other car parks should offer subsidised parking to those using the sports centre. Come on Basingstoke and Dean thought you are suppose to encourage people to use the facilities, discounted parking would go a great way. Would hate to think how much I spend on parking for evenings and weekends just to use the sports centre...... Whatever next
  • Score: 4

9:52am Mon 21 Apr 14

jonone says...

Whatever next wrote:
I think Festival place along with the other car parks should offer subsidised parking to those using the sports centre. Come on Basingstoke and Dean thought you are suppose to encourage people to use the facilities, discounted parking would go a great way. Would hate to think how much I spend on parking for evenings and weekends just to use the sports centre......
After 5pm, Festival Place costs £1 - how much more subsidy do you want to support your ownership of a car and monthly sports club membership? Having the latter two means you are not destitute.
[quote][p][bold]Whatever next[/bold] wrote: I think Festival place along with the other car parks should offer subsidised parking to those using the sports centre. Come on Basingstoke and Dean thought you are suppose to encourage people to use the facilities, discounted parking would go a great way. Would hate to think how much I spend on parking for evenings and weekends just to use the sports centre......[/p][/quote]After 5pm, Festival Place costs £1 - how much more subsidy do you want to support your ownership of a car and monthly sports club membership? Having the latter two means you are not destitute. jonone
  • Score: -2

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