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The three options under discussion by Torbay councillors

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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THREE options are being put to transport councillors for the parking review.

LEAVE the system untouched following a year when poor weather and a drop in visitor numbers hit car parking income, apart from an increase in the areas covered by parking meters.

RECOMMENDED by officers, it includes some new proposals including:

A new monthly car park permit for all car parks at £50 and monthly permit for a specific car park for £45, both for residents only, and a new monthly on street pay and display permit for £80.

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The monthly permits would replace the quarterly and six monthly permits to be more affordable for customers. The permits would be introduced subject to a cashless system being obtained, for example paying by phone. The council is currently tendering for the system.

A new on-street annual permit for £850 compared with the annual permit for all car parks costing £510 as at present and the annual permit for specified car parks, which would cost £480 as currently.

A new, time-limited permit for between 3pm and 10am for selected car parks would be £50 for residents.

A discount of 10 per cent could be offered for some eco-friendly vehicles on the 12-month and six-month permits.

An annual parking permit of £20 be offered to anyone aged over 65 with a Blue Badge in receipt of certain benefits.

THIS includes some further reductions, but with the warning it would cost £500,000 unless there was a 20 per cent increase in users. It proposes cheaper charges in the winter for beach and other sites, but remaining the same for town centres car parks.

The annual £510 permit for all council car parks would be reduced to £450 in option three. The £480 annual commuter permit for all car parks would cost £375 in option three. The £450 annual permit for one long stay car park would cost £375 in option three.

The six monthly permits currently costing £320 and £280 and the three monthly permit costing £200 and £190 depending on which car parks are used would be replaced with the monthly residents-only permits for all car parks costing £50, and for one specified car park costing £45.

The second and third options suggest different pricing structures for town centre car park charges in summer and winter which could be:

70p for 30 minutes (50p in option three); £1.30 for one hour (£1 option three); £1.80 up to 1.5 hours (£1.50); £2.20 two hours (£2) and the remaining charges the same for both options £3 for three hours, £4 for four hours, £5 five hours, £8 all day, £2 overnight.

Current town centre charges are 50p for 20 minutes, £1 for 40 minutes, £1.50 for 80 minutes, £2.20 for two hours, £3 for three hours, £4 for four hours, £5 for five hours, £8 for 24 hours, £2 overnight.

In both options proposals for beach car parks including Abbey Park, Breakwater, Meadfoot Beach are:

Summer, 70p for 30 minutes; £1.50 for one hour; £2 for two hours; £3 for three hours for both options with an all day charge of £9. In winter the charges for 30 minutes would be 50p, and £1 for one hour and £1.80 for all day. The all day charge would be reduced to £1.80. The overnight charge would remain £2 in both options in summer and £1 in winter.

For other sites including Beacon Quay, Clennon Valley Oxen Cove the proposals are:

70p for 30 minutes (50p in option two); £1.30 for one hour (£1); £1.80 for 1.5 hours (£1.50), £2.20 for two hours (£2), £3 for three hours. In winter the all day charge of £8 would be reduced to £4.

The proposed charges for parking meters are:

Prime sites such as Babbacombe Road, Sands Road, Torre Abbey and Eastern Esplanade, summer £1 for 30 minutes (50p on option three); £1.50 for one hour (£1 option three); £2.20 for 1.5 hours (£1.50); £3 for two hours (both options). Winter: 20p for 30 mins (both options); 50p for one hour; £1 for 1.5hours; £1.50 for two hours and £2 for three hours.

The charges for town sites like Abbey Road and The Terrace in the summer would be 70p for 30mins (50p option three); £1.30 for one hour (£1); £2 for 1.5 hours (£1.50); £2.50 for two hours (£2). Winter charges proposed in both options are 50p for 30 minutes; £1 for one hour, £1.50 for 1.5 hours, £2 for two hours.

The 30-minute tariff is only available in short stay car parks such as Brixham Central and Great Western in Paignton and shoppers car parks and in beach sites during the winter.

Commuter sites would be £1 for four hours for Lymington Road and Newton Road at Edginswell, and £2 for eight hours and £1 for eight hours in Magdalene Road.

Current meter charges start at 50p for 20 mins and £1 for 40 minutes depending on the season and the location.

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  • omnivore23  |  February 01 2013, 11:47PM

    Oh look - a troll, trolling. Any takers? Nope.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  February 01 2013, 8:03PM

    All those public sector workers who find time to read this site.

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  • themightyflea  |  February 01 2013, 3:53PM

    Minus thirteen - clearly hit a nerve there SidneyNuff. And so early in the day too - where do these people find the time. Mind you I think the permits now carry a nominal payment so that explains the on-street parking.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  February 01 2013, 11:37AM

    Will the free parking permits given to all Torbay Council staff be effected.

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