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Planned Parking Proposals Produce Pay-Off

New reduced parking charges in Newcastle’s town centre have resulted in a significant increase in footfall. 

The Borough Council’s Cabinet made the decision to charge only £1 after 3pm on all week days in the run up to the festive period, and have now carried that forward as part of the 2019/2020 budget and financial strategies. 

This comes after several years of car parking charges being frozen on most of the Council’s car parks and the first year that the reduction incentive has been carried on past the New Year. 

Cllr. Stephen Sweeney, portfolio holder for finance and efficiency, said: “We have made a start on our short-term strategy for car park management in Newcastle and that is already showing promising results. 

“Over the next few months we will draw together a longer-term strategy which will look at the issue of parking in both Newcastle and Kidsgrove town centres for the next decade.”

The ‘£1 after 3pm’ initiative forms part of a wider car parking strategy, currently being formulated by the Council’s leadership, which also includes:- 

  • Establishing short-stay pay and display in the spaces at the front of the former Civic Offices in Merrial Street.
  • Promoting the sale of parking permits to medium to large size businesses and organisations with a minimum 20 employees.
  • Promoting pay by phone and also exploring – following consultation with partners - the possible introduction of “pay on exit” arrangements for The Midway, King Street and Goose Street car parks.

Last updated 18 January 2019