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27 August 2020

Parking charges could be introduced at Fareham coastal car parks

Parking charges could be introduced at all coastal car parks in the Borough of Fareham to help close the projected funding gap, made worse  during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But parking charges in Fareham town centre would continue to be frozen and new app-based systems to pay for parking would be introduced alongside cash and credit card payments if proposals are agreed.

A report to go before Fareham Borough Council’s Executive on Monday 7th September recommends the introduction of charges at all coastal car parks at Swanwick, Warsash, Meon Shore, Hill Head and Portchester.

If approved the decision will bring Fareham into line with all other local authorities along the south coast.

One recommendation on the table is for a £3 charge for a four-hour stay between 10am and 6pm. Other options to charge by the hour will also be considered.

The proposed rates are in line with neighbouring Gosport where charges range from £3.50 to £4 for a four hour stay, and considerably cheaper than Hayling Island where the charge is £5.80.

It is hoped the charging will encourage a greater turnover of users at busy car parks in the peak months, allowing more residents to enjoy easy access to the Fareham coast.

The new charges could generate up to £900,000 income for the Council each year which would offset some of the losses the Council has made during the pandemic, cover the costs of upgrades and improvements to the car parks and new payment machines.  It could also be used to help fund a much-needed £5.5M refurbishment of the Osborn Road multi-storey car park in the town centre which will make it more attractive and user friendly.  The proposals for this will also be considered at the September Executive meeting. 

Enforcement in the car parks will be conducted by the recently formed General Enforcement Team , who are also taking a more proactive role in tackling environmental issues such as littering and fly tipping.

It is also proposed to have:

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, said: “For some time we have been the only local authority on the south coast of England that has not charged people to use our coastal car parks, but now we must.

 

“The Council must explore all available revenue streams open to it and it is fairer to charge people who want to use the car parking facilities that we provide and maintain than to simply add more to everyone’s Council Tax bill.

 

“We have deliberately kept the rates low – lower than our neighbouring authorities – and been flexible with the times that charging is in force to allow for early morning and evening use to remain free of charge.

 

“I am pleased that we are able to continue to freeze the day-time parking charges in Fareham Town Centre which have now been frozen for over a decade and I hope this will continue to encourage people back into the centre for shopping and leisure.”


ENDS


For further information contact:

Customer Enquiries

Tel: 01329 236100
Email: customerservicecentre@fareham.gov.uk

Media Enquiries

The Communications Team
Tel: 01329 824310
Email: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
Fax: 01329 550576

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