The Parish COuncil have been informed by the NFDC that Car parking charges will increase in NFDC's 51 car parks from January 2018.

Colin Read, NFDC Operations Executive Head, said “It was back in 2012 when we last put up car parking charges.  The hourly rate we charge in our car parks remains competitively priced compared with private car parks and other local authority charges and the price to park in our car parks is still one of the lowest in Hampshire and Dorset."

“The decision to increase charges is always a difficult one but faced with a continuing decrease in funding, and rising costs to provide the service, we needed to look carefully at these prices.”

An example of the charges are:

  • 1 hour - £1 (was 80p)
  • Short stay parking clock (annual pass) £25 (was £20)

The costs to provide the service have seen an increase of 22% over recent yearsThe costs to provide the service have seen an increase of 22% over recent years.  Over £200k was invested in new meters in 2016/17, required to replace the aging 12 year old machines.  Some of these new machines now take card payments all of the machines have the capability to take card payments in the future if there is a demand.

More background to the decision can be found at: https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?id=498&LLL=0