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New parking charges proposed for Lincoln

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

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New parking charges for Lincoln are due to be agreed tonight.

The charge at shopper car parks including Tentercroft Street is set to be frozen for 2013/14 at £1.50 for the first hour and £2.50 for two hours, while the three-hour tariff could rise to £4.

All other costs for shoppers are due to remain the same, apart from a rise to £3 at Lucy Tower in the evening.

Season tickets are set to be frozen for the year and the all day commuter charges at Broadgate, Chaplin Street and Rosemary Lane cut from £5 to £4.

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Three hours' parking for visitors at the Castle, Westgate, The Lawn and Langworthgate could rise by 20p to £4.20 and the all day levy increase from £6 to £7.

And Rosemary Lane could have a £2 all day tariff in July and August when Lincoln College is shut.

A new £2.50 all day weekend parking fee has been agreed at car parks in Lincoln including Broadgate, Rosemary Lane and  County Offices.

The changes, due to come into effect from April 1, are to go before the City of Lincoln Council's executive, which meets at City Hall at 6pm.

Councillors are also due to agree to proceed with the building of five more council homes after a former garage site was identified in Stapleford Avenue, Ermine, Lincoln.

And a scheme to protect payments to council tax benefit claimants amid Government welfare reform is set to be approved.

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  • Roadscource  |  January 09 2013, 1:04PM

    "If you can afford to run a vehicle you can afford to pay to park" Whilst this is true, i follow the philosophy that if i dont want to pay to park then i boycott all shops that dont provide free parking. Their loss not mine.

  • InsideStory  |  January 08 2013, 6:19PM

    If you can afford to run a vehicle you can afford to pay to park.If you cant afford you pay or dont want to pay to park dont buy a car.People who dont have driveways are often told pretty much the same when resident parking is mentioned.

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  • Roadscource  |  January 08 2013, 2:36PM

    Victor i follow your philosophy 100% although for the cinema you could try the Kinema as it has free parking.

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  • VictorToo  |  January 08 2013, 2:11PM

    Would disagree with you there skellylifer. I next to never come into town these days, certainly not to a pay and display car park. If I want food I go to Asda or Sainsburys, home improvements B&Q, car parts and electronics - Halfords, Comet (now closed) PC World and Currys. Dependent on what else I might want I'll go to Sheffield and have a day out in the warm and dry. What do they all have in common - free parking. The High Street isn't that great that I'm going to suffer the traffic, struggle to find a parking space and then pay through the nose for the privelege (???). I mentioned Lucy Tower because I like going to the cinema, but I could also have mentioned the car park next to the Drill Hall which I used when I went to the panto, which doesn't have a fixed evening charge, you pay dependant on how long you think you might be there, £1:50 for the first hour then £1 for every extra hour. As an aside, the surface of that car park is appalling, massive pot holes all over it. With the money they must be getting from the people parking there you'd think they'd do something about it. Someone will now mention the time it takes and the cost of going to Sheffield being more than I would spend coming into Lincoln, absolutely right, but the experience is far nicer.

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  • skellylifer  |  January 08 2013, 11:40AM

    No-one wants to pay, and the Portas Report illustrated how significant car park fees are linked to declining town centres. However, Lincoln's car parks are pretty full most of the time, so looks like parking isn't so price sensitive after all. there's even a case for putting them up in Lincoln. That's what a business would do - optimise the pricing. Evidence suggests the council still hasn't optimised the value from its car parking assets.

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  • Romanway  |  January 08 2013, 11:37AM

    If you purchase something, you pay. You require a service, you pay. You use a car park, you pay. If you don't pay then who the heck do you think will? Use the bus, ride a bike and then you don't pay. Simples.

  • 2ridiculous  |  January 08 2013, 10:22AM

    I really begrudge paying to park in the city. Do I not pay £1000's in Council Tax already? I think locals who pay council tax to Lincoln City to fund them, should be issues with free - up to 3 hours - parking disks. Those who don't contribute to the city should pay but those of us already funding them should not have to pay more to park in our own city! It's just another form of taxation!

  • sincilbank  |  January 08 2013, 10:00AM

    Certain retailers in the 'Marshall's Yard' complex at Gainsborough operate a very fair system whereas the parking change is refunded if customers spend in excess of £5.

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  • VictorToo  |  January 08 2013, 8:48AM

    I think increasing the evening charge at Lucy Tower -again - is pretty appalling. I thought they were trying to encourage people into town, or are they trying to make it the exclusive preserve of university students ?

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  • LincolnRock  |  January 08 2013, 7:22AM

    you can still buy evening scratch cards at City Hall which only work out at 80p per evening, usable in any Council car park. They come in books of 15 for £12. Flexible and the money doesn't go to a foreign bank via NCP etc.

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