10p cut to car parking from Monday

Mike Williams, president of Wessex Chambers of Commerce, and David Baker, president of Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, in a deserted Trowbridge car park

Mike Williams, president of Wessex Chambers of Commerce, and David Baker, president of Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, in a deserted Trowbridge car park

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A 10p cut in car parking charges in Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury will come into effect on Monday.

Wiltshire Council has come under scrutiny over the past few months over its decision to increase car parking charges by up to 300 per cent in some car parks.

At a showdown in November council leader Jane Scott made the 10p concession to appease traders who have seen a sharp fall in business.

The changes are being brought in swiftly despite the law dictating that the council has to give a formal period of notice before permanent changes to car parking charges can take place.

This notice process has been implemented and the revised charges will formally come into force on December 19. While this statutory process is taking place, the council is discounting the charges to avoid the delay.

Council leader Jane Scott said: “We want to make sure these charges are reduced as quickly as possible and avoid the delay caused by the traffic regulation order process.

"We have made our decision to discount the charges in these car parks and we have found a way to cut red tape so as many visitors as possible are encouraged to use these shopping centres which will help to reinvigorate the local economy.”

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3:34pm Thu 24 Nov 11

Polly52 says...

10p cut, stand by for a flood of extra usage, what a joke!
10p cut, stand by for a flood of extra usage, what a joke! Polly52
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6:44pm Thu 24 Nov 11

redrum says...

Give her a wage cut and use the thousands to support the shops over xmas. 10p will not encourage anyone.
Give her a wage cut and use the thousands to support the shops over xmas. 10p will not encourage anyone. redrum
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7:37pm Thu 24 Nov 11

gadfly says...

The drivel that some councillors do speak! As if 10p will tempt anyone to pay for parking in any of these towns. They can keep their car-parks and I will keep my money (oh and also the money which I would have spent just browsing the shops).
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It is pitiful to watch perfectly reasonable town centres having the life sucked out of them by supermarkets and out-of-town lookalike megastores with their free parking, whilst the local governments and planning agencies actually encourage the process with bizarre and unimaginative policies.
The drivel that some councillors do speak! As if 10p will tempt anyone to pay for parking in any of these towns. They can keep their car-parks and I will keep my money (oh and also the money which I would have spent just browsing the shops). . It is pitiful to watch perfectly reasonable town centres having the life sucked out of them by supermarkets and out-of-town lookalike megastores with their free parking, whilst the local governments and planning agencies actually encourage the process with bizarre and unimaginative policies. gadfly
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9:28am Fri 25 Nov 11

laurie1984 says...

10 extra pence to me... wow. now I can afford to get a happy meal at mcDs, i wish i could be as nice as the lovely people that recently hiked all the priceing of parking up just to give us a nice token 10 p off. you guys wanna be nice, properly... resign, let someone decent run your county
10 extra pence to me... wow. now I can afford to get a happy meal at mcDs, i wish i could be as nice as the lovely people that recently hiked all the priceing of parking up just to give us a nice token 10 p off. you guys wanna be nice, properly... resign, let someone decent run your county laurie1984
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12:29pm Fri 25 Nov 11

davesopinion says...

The woman has to be barking mad! What difference will 10p make?
The woman has to be barking mad! What difference will 10p make? davesopinion
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11:59am Sat 26 Nov 11

LadyGrace says...

Even the blokes in the picture don't look convinced. Haha!
Even the blokes in the picture don't look convinced. Haha! LadyGrace
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1:33pm Sat 26 Nov 11

moocherx says...

This is hilarious. I am thinking of running as a town councillor just to finally have some rules the town can prosper under.
This is hilarious. I am thinking of running as a town councillor just to finally have some rules the town can prosper under. moocherx
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4:37pm Sat 26 Nov 11

moonrakin wurzel says...

The parking policy of Wiltshire Council is stupid in the extreme - in fact - it qualifies for a "what were they thinking?" banana award.

I think it's not unreasonable for council employees to pay for their workplace parking - that'd put a totally fresh gloss on things eh?

Not Wiltshire - but I see BANES employees using council barriered parking in Bath at the weekends to nip in and do a bit of shopping etc...

The new TRO (traffic Regulation Order) in Trowbridge is a straightforward attempt to squeeze more money out of the population - musical parking spaces and more wardens...

Meanwhile the roads are clogged due to the imbecilic traffic policies of Wiltshire Council.

And the Wiltshire Times won't criticise the council - spineless or what?
The parking policy of Wiltshire Council is stupid in the extreme - in fact - it qualifies for a "what were they thinking?" banana award. I think it's not unreasonable for council employees to pay for their workplace parking - that'd put a totally fresh gloss on things eh? Not Wiltshire - but I see BANES employees using council barriered parking in Bath at the weekends to nip in and do a bit of shopping etc... The new TRO (traffic Regulation Order) in Trowbridge is a straightforward attempt to squeeze more money out of the population - musical parking spaces and more wardens... Meanwhile the roads are clogged due to the imbecilic traffic policies of Wiltshire Council. And the Wiltshire Times won't criticise the council - spineless or what? moonrakin wurzel
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5:16pm Sat 26 Nov 11

notscot says...

You got Ms Scott wrong guys - 10p per head (car) on the projected usage (extrapolated, stretched and massaged) prior to the parking charge hire that she believed we'd all put up with without so much as a murmer of dissent - means Jane Scott has gifted the lucky people of Chippenham about 0.5 million - all in time for xmas.
We are so lucky - aren't we?
Aren't we......?
You got Ms Scott wrong guys - 10p per head (car) on the projected usage (extrapolated, stretched and massaged) prior to the parking charge hire that she believed we'd all put up with without so much as a murmer of dissent - means Jane Scott has gifted the lucky people of Chippenham about 0.5 million - all in time for xmas. We are so lucky - aren't we? Aren't we......? notscot
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11:17am Sun 27 Nov 11

notscot says...

doh! that's hike - not hire. fat digits.
doh! that's hike - not hire. fat digits. notscot
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