Aylesbury Vale’s car parking charges frozen
Archived press release
Date Published: 16/01/09
The council hasn’t raised short stay charges in its car parks since 2003.
Aylesbury Vale District Council will once again be freezing car parking charges in the district.
At a meeting of the council’s cabinet on 13 January, it was agreed that there will be no increase in car park charges in the Vale from April 2009 to April 2010 and that parking on Sundays will remain free of charge. This includes all short stay, long stay and season ticket charges.
The council hasn’t raised short stay charges in its car parks since 2003. Long stay charges were last increased in 2007.
Councillors also made a commitment to pass on the reduction of VAT on parking by providing free parking again in the run up to Christmas.
The move comes as part of an effort to encourage people to make use of the district’s shops and amenities during the financial downturn. It will also help employees who work in local businesses and use the car parks.
Explaining why the charges are being frozen, Councillor Kevin McPartland, Cabinet Member for Civic Amenities, said: “We’ve agreed this as part of our ongoing commitment to support the local economy and encourage people to come into the Vale and make use of its shops and amenities. By holding parking charges at the current level we hope to stimulate trading for local businesses during this extremely difficult and challenging economic climate.”
Roger Simmons, Chairman of the Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership, said: “We are very pleased the council has done this. Anything that supports people using town centre facilities is good news.”
AVDC manages 13 surface car parks and five multi-storeys in Aylesbury Vale, including the new Walton Street multi-storey car park in Aylesbury.