Cotswold Lib Dem leader Paul Hodgkinson calls for parking charges in Cirencester's Brewery Car Park to be scrapped two years after being introduced

Cotswold Lib Dem leader calls for parking charges in Cirencester's Brewery Car Park to be scrapped two years after being introduced

Cotswold Lib Dem leader calls for parking charges in Cirencester's Brewery Car Park to be scrapped two years after being introduced

First published in News by

THE leader of the opposition on Cotswold District Council is campaigning for a controversial charge in a Cirencester car park to be abolished on the two year anniversary of its introduction.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has blasted CDC for continuing to charge motorists wishing to use the Brewery Car Park in Cirencester town centre for over two years.

It currently costs £1.50 to use the car park at any time on a Sunday.

Cllr Hodgkinson said: “Residents regularly complain to me about the size of the charge regardless of how long someone parks on a Sunday.

“For the amount of extra cash it brings in, it is a ludicrous scheme and penalises those who want to come into town on a Sunday.

“It has been a very short sighted tax on the town and it should be scrapped at the earliest opportunity. The council has the money to do so.”

Sunday and evening car parking charges were brought into force in the Brewery Car Park on New Year’s Day 2012 and have been a source of contention between political parties ever since.

The Cotswold Lib Dems staged a protest shortly after the charges were introduced in 2012 which was followed by Cllr Hodgkinson compiling a petition calling for them to be eradicated in 2013.

A spokesman for CDC defended the charges, saying that other authorities throughout the county charge for parking on a Sunday.

He said: “When we introduced Sunday parking charges at the Brewery two years ago, we recognised that times had changed as the public are now able to access a wide range of shops and events on what was once regarded as a day of rest.

“Being the most central car park, we felt that charging £1.50 to park at the Brewery on Sundays was not excessive.

“Additionally, we made some significant reductions to tariffs last year which have benefited motorists using our car parks.

"Most notably, we introduced an all-day £2 charge at the Cirencester Beeches car park and extended a 50p short stay charge to all CDC car parks.”

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:45am Thu 16 Jan 14

123Referee says...

To give an Idea of how scandalous our parking charges are. I went to Manchester last weekend and parked at the Lowry Theatre opposit Old Trafford on a match day. I arked for 6 hours in a prime location for £5.00.

This was a secure, well lit, clearly marked and pot hole free experience. My God how bad and exploitative must we lookk to the ouside world. We have a council that allows (or tolerates) free parking on roundabouts as it has had it common sense gene removed. As a lofelong tory voter i am ashamed of you.
To give an Idea of how scandalous our parking charges are. I went to Manchester last weekend and parked at the Lowry Theatre opposit Old Trafford on a match day. I arked for 6 hours in a prime location for £5.00. This was a secure, well lit, clearly marked and pot hole free experience. My God how bad and exploitative must we lookk to the ouside world. We have a council that allows (or tolerates) free parking on roundabouts as it has had it common sense gene removed. As a lofelong tory voter i am ashamed of you. 123Referee
  • Score: 10

12:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Aside from my normal objection to the fleecing of Cirencester's motorists by sneering greedy Shire Tory boys, it is a policy worthy only of Ryan Air logic to charge the same price for 1 minute of parking (£1.50) as 10 hours in the Brewery car park.

But it gets worse...the money raised from stealth car parking taxes it is claimed now help subsidise our ultra clean public toilets.

Those will be the same public toilets build and serviced by Healthmatic Ltd.
It won a very lucrative contract from Tory led Cotswold District Council.

Healthmatic Ltd. just happens to be owned by a Tory Councillor in Wiltshire (Cllr Chuck Berry).
Aside from my normal objection to the fleecing of Cirencester's motorists by sneering greedy Shire Tory boys, it is a policy worthy only of Ryan Air logic to charge the same price for 1 minute of parking (£1.50) as 10 hours in the Brewery car park. But it gets worse...the money raised from stealth car parking taxes it is claimed now help subsidise our ultra clean public toilets. Those will be the same public toilets build and serviced by Healthmatic Ltd. It won a very lucrative contract from Tory led Cotswold District Council. Healthmatic Ltd. just happens to be owned by a Tory Councillor in Wiltshire (Cllr Chuck Berry). Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Eric_Jones says...

Blimey, I agree with a LibDem councilor. Whatever next?
He is absolutely right and while he is at it, Wilts coucil chould reverse it's extremely damaging introduction of parking charges in all market town car parks - even the long-stay, out of town ones that they should be encouraging people to do. All the charges do is drive people into the arms of the accursed supermarkets, kill our town centres and high streets, increase pollution, global warming and congestion as everyone in these towns (eg Malmesbury) drives 10 miles to the supermarket instead. Even 2 free hours to do your shopping might save a few shops - it might even have saved some of the many that have closed since the incredibly short-sighted and self-damaging charges were introduced so maybe we wouldn't have so many empty shells where once was a vibrant high street.
Blimey, I agree with a LibDem councilor. Whatever next? He is absolutely right and while he is at it, Wilts coucil chould reverse it's extremely damaging introduction of parking charges in all market town car parks - even the long-stay, out of town ones that they should be encouraging people to do. All the charges do is drive people into the arms of the accursed supermarkets, kill our town centres and high streets, increase pollution, global warming and congestion as everyone in these towns (eg Malmesbury) drives 10 miles to the supermarket instead. Even 2 free hours to do your shopping might save a few shops - it might even have saved some of the many that have closed since the incredibly short-sighted and self-damaging charges were introduced so maybe we wouldn't have so many empty shells where once was a vibrant high street. Eric_Jones
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Dwain Rimmer says...

Whilst I admire and like messers hodgkinson and harris, this is one of these chicken and egg arguments - would I come into Cirencester on a Sunday? No, no and thrice no - why? Because there is no point, whether I had to pay or not.

Most of Cirencester town businesses are (understandably) shut on a Sunday so why would I come to ciren on a Sunday? Whether parking is free or not??

Think the phrase is "build and they will come", if Cirencester has a thriving business/atmosphere/
things to offer on a Sunday, people will come, and if they do you can campaign for lower parking prices, whether that be free or just simply cheaper - you have to have something to offer the punter, not just simply "it's free to come here, but that's because there is nothing to see or do!"
Whilst I admire and like messers hodgkinson and harris, this is one of these chicken and egg arguments - would I come into Cirencester on a Sunday? No, no and thrice no - why? Because there is no point, whether I had to pay or not. Most of Cirencester town businesses are (understandably) shut on a Sunday so why would I come to ciren on a Sunday? Whether parking is free or not?? Think the phrase is "build and they will come", if Cirencester has a thriving business/atmosphere/ things to offer on a Sunday, people will come, and if they do you can campaign for lower parking prices, whether that be free or just simply cheaper - you have to have something to offer the punter, not just simply "it's free to come here, but that's because there is nothing to see or do!" Dwain Rimmer
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree