Parking Charges Set to be Frozen, Cut or Removed

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Reading Borough Council is responding to feedback from local residents and town centre visitors by removing overnight charges on Pay and Display bays.

A trial of Pay and Display parking in the Town Centre was introduced in October and the scheme itself and all public comments have been closely monitored since its introduction.

As a result, from mid-January onwards the Pay and Display trial is set to be adapted so that Town Centre Pay and Display bays which were previously in operation 24/7 will become operational from 8am to 8pm only, with no overnight charges applicable.

The move means Town Centre residents with little or no parking facilities at their properties will be able to use the Pay and Display to park ’on-street’ for free from 8pm to 8am. It also means that late night visitors will be able to park for free in Pay and Display bays from 8pm onwards, taking full advantage of all the Town Centre facilities without having to rush back to their vehicles before their two hour maximum stay is reached.

The changes have been put forward to make the scheme even more flexible for residents, to make visiting the town centre easier for everyone and to benefit the Town Centre economy.

The proposals will go to a meeting of Reading Borough Council’s Cabinet on January 17 for discussion. If ratified, overnight charges will be removed later in January.

And in another boost for motorists and businesses a New Year freeze is also being introduced on short stay car parking charges in the town centre.

From Tuesday January 4th it will freeze short stay car park charges in the town centre at Broad Street Mall, Queens Road and the public ’car park B’ of the Civic Offices.

Long stay charges in Hills Meadow car park are set to be cut significantly from £12 a day to just £5 a day. Charges will also fall significantly at Kings Meadow car park from £12 for a day’s parking to £7. Cattle Market car park will also available now at a new rate of just £4 a day, again down from £12. Some medium stay charges will increase, as some charging bands are abolished. However, all these charges offer good value for money for longer stay shoppers and commuters alike.

Further from the town centre, parking at the local centre car parks at Chester Street, Recreation Road and Dunstall Close will all remain frozen at 2010 prices, benefiting residents who want to drop into local businesses to do their shopping, and again providing a boost for local traders.

The new car parking charges are intended to complement the existing Park and Ride services available in Reading, offering more choice to visitors and residents alike.

Motorists are also asked to note there will be no charges in Pay and Display Bays on Christmas Day. Notices will be placed on all Pay and Display machines to this effect.