Monday, January 25, 2010

Parking Charges Up

The on-street and off-street charges are going up. As the on-street charges must always be greater than the off-street ones – because planners want us to look for places in the car parks not cruising the streets for vacancies – the recent rise in off-street prices has now brought about the matching rise for on-street ones. Is it a variation of one of Newton’s Laws?

Vote in today’s Cambridge News Poll on this…

Of course, even for those on bicycles, parking is still a problem. As Miss Cole says, “I don’t park it at the station. The station is like a cesspit of cycles. I don’t think it’s nice to put it in so much danger.”


  1. Too right about bikes: the station is a disgrace - if there were more and better cycle parking there and in the city, perhaps more of those for whom cycling is feasible would do so?

  2. I attended the Traffic Area Joint Committee where the pay and display parking charge increases were approved, with full Lib-Dem support, on Monday.

    A County Council officer explained that "customer resistance" to the new charges was being factored into forecasts for next year's income.

    Charges are going up from £1.50/hour to £2/hour in some places and from £2/hour to £2.50 an hour in others.

    Many pay and display bays perform a function of keeping parking spaces near businesss available for customers. "Customer resistance" will translate directly to a damaging impact on some of those who trade in Cambridge City Centre.


    Richard Taylor