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Council freezes car parking charges

Archived press release

Date Published: 11/10/07

AVDC has announced a package of car parking incentives to help make Aylesbury town centre more attractive to shoppers and workers. The district council has decided that there will be no increase in car parking charges in the town from April 2008 ...

AVDC has announced a package of car parking incentives to help make Aylesbury town centre more attractive to shoppers and workers.

The district council has decided that there will be no increase in car parking charges in the town from April 2008 until 31 March 2009 and car parking will remain free on Sundays.

There is also good news for the Christmas trading period, when shoppers will benefit from free parking on certain days in November and December.
 
In reaching the decision about parking charges, the council has considered the recently announced national research which has shown the sharp rise in the cost of essential household expenditure. The disruption caused by the transport hub works and the soon to commence work to redevelop the town centre has also been taken into account.

Councillor Kevin McPartland, Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities, said: “Encouraging shoppers and visitors to Aylesbury is one of our top priorities and ensuring that parking charges are fair is one way in which we can do this. We hope that by freezing prices it will encourage more people to come into Aylesbury to use the shops and amenities. We believe the package of measures will help boost business for local traders and enhance the vitality of the town rather than deterring people from visiting Aylesbury.

"Over the coming months, we’ll be looking more closely at the whole car parking strategy for the town. Clearly, charges are one element we need to think about and plan ahead for. This decision gives us the time we need to make sure that any changes to our current car parking arrangements are in the best interests of everyone.”

The council reviews its parking charges on an annual basis and considers the views of the Aylesbury Car Park Tariff Review Group (ACPTRG) and the authority’s Economy Scrutiny Committee as part of the process. AVDC hasn’t raised short stay charges in its car parks since 2003.

In the run up to Christmas, in Aylesbury, car parking will be free in council car parks and the Friars Square shopping centre car park on:
• Thursday evenings after 4.30pm on 15, 22 and 29 November and 6, 13 and 20 December
• Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December
• Sundays – always free parking

In Buckingham people can park in Cornwalls Meadow for free at any time whilst the Greyhound Lane car park in Winslow is always free.

And in Wendover, there will be free parking after 4.30pm on Fridays 7, 14 and 21 December and Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December.

A map of AVDC’s car parks is on the council’s website at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk, under Getting About.  For more information call 01296 585381 or email parkingservices@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

 

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