Cirencester mayor, Joe Harris, criticises Cotswold District Council over the amount of revenue it took from car parks in the last financial year

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester mayor Joe Harris Cirencester mayor Joe Harris

CIRENCESTER mayor Joe Harris has rubbished the reasons given by Cotswold District Council for the amount of money collected from the town’s car parks last year.

CDC took £69,000 less than expected from the region’s car park last year and blamed the poor takings on the excessive bad weather, something that Cllr Harris disputes.

He said: “ I think the reason is the sky high prices. I personally think that they’re thieving the people of the Cotswolds and Cirencester.

“We want to see a reduction in parking charges, we want them to be made fairer.”

Despite these claims, councillors from CDC insist that the bad weather was the real reason for the loss and that Cllr Harris is not in a position to criticise them.

Cllr Barry Gibbs, CDC cabinet member responsible for parking, said: “The second coldest March on record resulted in more consumers staying at home and switching to online shopping during that period - it stands to reason that fewer shopping trips resulted in a reduction in demand for car parking.

“Unless Cllr Harris has obtained detailed information about consumer shopping habits across the district from Moreton to Tetbury, his comments would appear to be totally without foundation.”

Cllr Harris told the Standard that he would like to see a new system introduced where shoppers would be able to park in the town centre for free for 30 minutes.

He said: “A whole review needs to be done about parking.”

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12:51pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Geoff66 says...

Cirencester's car parking charges have always been too high and it is about time someone made CDC account for these. Why charge so much, when actually lowering the prices might actually encourage more people to park and perhaps even stay longer? You have created a cash-cow and you are clearly starting to see your profits tumble as a result.
Surely it is time to set some fair and realistic charges, and adopt more policies to attract visitors and tourist to our wonderful town. Stop being so greedy and take some action.
Cirencester's car parking charges have always been too high and it is about time someone made CDC account for these. Why charge so much, when actually lowering the prices might actually encourage more people to park and perhaps even stay longer? You have created a cash-cow and you are clearly starting to see your profits tumble as a result. Surely it is time to set some fair and realistic charges, and adopt more policies to attract visitors and tourist to our wonderful town. Stop being so greedy and take some action. Geoff66
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5:08pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Cirencester mayor, Joe Harris is speaking through his Tricorn Hat, how easy it is for someone who is in a place prominence to spout what some people will consider being what should happen.
Car parks are a service provided by a local or Metropolitan Borough Council. Services of all kinds cost money some services are free and covered within the Council Tax. Other services we have to pay for when we use them. However, residents should realise when they use their own councils services they are very heavily subsidised. Many examples of these subsidised facilities are education free to all between the ages of 5 to 16, and in many cases further education. Local authority sports centres, Libraries, Art and History museums. We also have subsidised transport systems. I would suggest that “Joe Harris” asks the treasurer what the actual Council Tax would be if all subsidies were removed and car parking was reduced or made free. I would gamble if car parking were free.
Locals and visitors to the area would not be able to park due to all the business owners having filled the spaces. Mr Mayor, my knowledge of being Mayor is that is a none political offices, yet you have moved into the realms and status an elected Mayor with the powers Boris Johnson Mayor of London. We should all remember car-parking charges help the council’s coffers. If persons do not want to pay the cost of parking. Leave the car at home and use public transport.
Cirencester mayor, Joe Harris is speaking through his Tricorn Hat, how easy it is for someone who is in a place prominence to spout what some people will consider being what should happen. Car parks are a service provided by a local or Metropolitan Borough Council. Services of all kinds cost money some services are free and covered within the Council Tax. Other services we have to pay for when we use them. However, residents should realise when they use their own councils services they are very heavily subsidised. Many examples of these subsidised facilities are education free to all between the ages of 5 to 16, and in many cases further education. Local authority sports centres, Libraries, Art and History museums. We also have subsidised transport systems. I would suggest that “Joe Harris” asks the treasurer what the actual Council Tax would be if all subsidies were removed and car parking was reduced or made free. I would gamble if car parking were free. Locals and visitors to the area would not be able to park due to all the business owners having filled the spaces. Mr Mayor, my knowledge of being Mayor is that is a none political offices, yet you have moved into the realms and status an elected Mayor with the powers Boris Johnson Mayor of London. We should all remember car-parking charges help the council’s coffers. If persons do not want to pay the cost of parking. Leave the car at home and use public transport. Allan Whitehead
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7:47pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Crispin Mount says...

Er, Mayor Harris is an elected rep on 3 tiers of local government - that's two more than Boris!

As a member of CDC he has every right to speak & challenge the draconian charges regime imposed on Cirencester by the Tory cabal from the north of the district.

This milking of the citizen in Cirencester subsidises the freezing of Council Tax on those larger Band G and H properties which dominate in the north.

It is a breach of local government rules and unlawful to divert the £5m raised in car park fees in the past 5 years by CDC to fund other services. Only £60,000 was actually recycled back into local car park maintenance.

The Tories are poor at basic economics. When you price too high demand will fall - but why act surprised?
Er, Mayor Harris is an elected rep on 3 tiers of local government - that's two more than Boris! As a member of CDC he has every right to speak & challenge the draconian charges regime imposed on Cirencester by the Tory cabal from the north of the district. This milking of the citizen in Cirencester subsidises the freezing of Council Tax on those larger Band G and H properties which dominate in the north. It is a breach of local government rules and unlawful to divert the £5m raised in car park fees in the past 5 years by CDC to fund other services. Only £60,000 was actually recycled back into local car park maintenance. The Tories are poor at basic economics. When you price too high demand will fall - but why act surprised? Crispin Mount
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9:02am Wed 24 Jul 13

Iansky says...

At least now we have a "Mayor with a pair" unlike the string of previous incumbents who were the puppets of the council.

I would propose Mr Whitehead gets out and speaks to local businesses in Ciren and asks them how their business is and what is contributing to fall off in footfall & sales - easy to snipe from afar with little knowledge of fact.

My wife owns a business in town and knows many other business owners, the consensus across the board is the same, the second biggest contributor to loss of footfall/business is the extortionate car parking prices and this has been a big factor in previous visitors now shopping in places such as Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham where car parking prices are much cheaper.

Cirencester car parking is now known as "Rip off Ciren" and is playing a major part in the demise of small businesses in town.

All well and good planning a refurb of the market place ( a great idea - make it all pedestrian with tables, chairs, trees etc) but if the car parking charges keep people away we will end up with an empty town.

Please councillors, get off your backsides and from behind your desks and go out and talk to the small business owners in the town, not the coffe chains, phone shops, estate agents but the real soul of Ciren and when you do this, for once listen to what they tell you!
At least now we have a "Mayor with a pair" unlike the string of previous incumbents who were the puppets of the council. I would propose Mr Whitehead gets out and speaks to local businesses in Ciren and asks them how their business is and what is contributing to fall off in footfall & sales - easy to snipe from afar with little knowledge of fact. My wife owns a business in town and knows many other business owners, the consensus across the board is the same, the second biggest contributor to loss of footfall/business is the extortionate car parking prices and this has been a big factor in previous visitors now shopping in places such as Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham where car parking prices are much cheaper. Cirencester car parking is now known as "Rip off Ciren" and is playing a major part in the demise of small businesses in town. All well and good planning a refurb of the market place ( a great idea - make it all pedestrian with tables, chairs, trees etc) but if the car parking charges keep people away we will end up with an empty town. Please councillors, get off your backsides and from behind your desks and go out and talk to the small business owners in the town, not the coffe chains, phone shops, estate agents but the real soul of Ciren and when you do this, for once listen to what they tell you! Iansky
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9:28am Wed 24 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

It would appear that my contribution has caused some hurt.
Well that old adage may have come into its own “The Truth Hurts”
Sirs, by attacking me only highlights you do not agree with free speech.
I further accept your comments and can understand your points of view,
However, you have your point of view and I fully respect it.
It would appear that my contribution has caused some hurt. Well that old adage may have come into its own “The Truth Hurts” Sirs, by attacking me only highlights you do not agree with free speech. I further accept your comments and can understand your points of view, However, you have your point of view and I fully respect it. Allan Whitehead
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12:29pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Susie Clark says...

I see Cllr. Harris uses the word " thieving ". Is that the same thieving as in Cirencester Town Council raising the precept well over inflation over the past 2 years , where other councils around , such as Glos County and Cotswold District are either freezing or reducing their council tax.
I see Cllr. Harris uses the word " thieving ". Is that the same thieving as in Cirencester Town Council raising the precept well over inflation over the past 2 years , where other councils around , such as Glos County and Cotswold District are either freezing or reducing their council tax. Susie Clark
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1:10pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Susie Clark wrote:
I see Cllr. Harris uses the word " thieving ". Is that the same thieving as in Cirencester Town Council raising the precept well over inflation over the past 2 years , where other councils around , such as Glos County and Cotswold District are either freezing or reducing their council tax.
.M/s. Clark,
How wonderful. They want to reduce car parking fees, that has been levied
By some Authority who has frozen or reduce their Council Tax.
Why don’t the Cirencester Town Council increases the Council Tax to a level that will allow them provide free parking their electorate?
,
[quote][p][bold]Susie Clark[/bold] wrote: I see Cllr. Harris uses the word " thieving ". Is that the same thieving as in Cirencester Town Council raising the precept well over inflation over the past 2 years , where other councils around , such as Glos County and Cotswold District are either freezing or reducing their council tax.[/p][/quote].M/s. Clark, How wonderful. They want to reduce car parking fees, that has been levied By some Authority who has frozen or reduce their Council Tax. Why don’t the Cirencester Town Council increases the Council Tax to a level that will allow them provide free parking their electorate? , Allan Whitehead
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2:35pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Haha - check out the tribal right wingers from the north of the District wading in to defend their right to their own Council Tax being subsidised by the car parking punters of Cirencester.

The lazy sponging oafs in the fat boy mansions with the big drives really do need to pay their own way.

What's got em rattled is Barnet Council losing their High Court this week as a Judge found them acting unlawfully when bleeding the motorist dry to subsidise other essential services.

Oh dear
Haha - check out the tribal right wingers from the north of the District wading in to defend their right to their own Council Tax being subsidised by the car parking punters of Cirencester. The lazy sponging oafs in the fat boy mansions with the big drives really do need to pay their own way. What's got em rattled is Barnet Council losing their High Court this week as a Judge found them acting unlawfully when bleeding the motorist dry to subsidise other essential services. Oh dear Olly Cromwell
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5:53pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Council Taxpayer says...

Consider this.
If the Tories had a cat in hell's chance if clawing back any of the numerous seats they lost in Cirencester in recent elections, would they still be bleeding the town dry with punitive parking charges?
I doubt it.
The truth is that they have given up on Cirencester as a lost cause and see no problem with using the town as a cash cow to make themselves look good in the still true-blue north of the district.
The proximity of Cirencester to the corruption-riddled Cotswold Water Park convinced local voters that the Tory group is dominated by a bunch of shysters who were far too close to the holiday home developers and jailed fraudster Dennis Grant.
The more distant parts of the district haven't wised up to them yet but, given time, they undoubtedly will.
Consider this. If the Tories had a cat in hell's chance if clawing back any of the numerous seats they lost in Cirencester in recent elections, would they still be bleeding the town dry with punitive parking charges? I doubt it. The truth is that they have given up on Cirencester as a lost cause and see no problem with using the town as a cash cow to make themselves look good in the still true-blue north of the district. The proximity of Cirencester to the corruption-riddled Cotswold Water Park convinced local voters that the Tory group is dominated by a bunch of shysters who were far too close to the holiday home developers and jailed fraudster Dennis Grant. The more distant parts of the district haven't wised up to them yet but, given time, they undoubtedly will. Council Taxpayer
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11:15pm Wed 24 Jul 13

Col Mustard says...

Following the judgement given by Mrs Justice Lang , CDC would do well to ensure they have not improperly used Section 45 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to generate a surplus beyond the money needed to operate the parking scheme.

Perhaps an equivocal statement by Cllr Gibbs published on the front page of the W&G that abuse of the regulation has not taken place would allay public concern. Together with the other unequivocal fact that Dick Turpin was not a highway robber !
Following the judgement given by Mrs Justice Lang , CDC would do well to ensure they have not improperly used Section 45 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to generate a surplus beyond the money needed to operate the parking scheme. Perhaps an equivocal statement by Cllr Gibbs published on the front page of the W&G that abuse of the regulation has not taken place would allay public concern. Together with the other unequivocal fact that Dick Turpin was not a highway robber ! Col Mustard
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9:27am Thu 25 Jul 13

Cirenres says...

Shame on you Whitehead and Clarke seems to me your views reflect the arrogant and patronising put down aimed at Mayor Harris by Gibbs? To be fair he is part of a Council were arrogance and patronising is par for the course. Anyway to the point.

A few weekends ago my wife attended a wedding on a Saturday in Chipping Norton. Stayed overnight and went shopping on the Sunday. On her return she described the town as "buzzing". Guess what free car parking!

CDC and West OXfordshire share the same part-time Chief Executive so why the difference?

Go for it Joe and wake up these sleepy people. You have a lot of support from the public!
Shame on you Whitehead and Clarke seems to me your views reflect the arrogant and patronising put down aimed at Mayor Harris by Gibbs? To be fair he is part of a Council were arrogance and patronising is par for the course. Anyway to the point. A few weekends ago my wife attended a wedding on a Saturday in Chipping Norton. Stayed overnight and went shopping on the Sunday. On her return she described the town as "buzzing". Guess what free car parking! CDC and West OXfordshire share the same part-time Chief Executive so why the difference? Go for it Joe and wake up these sleepy people. You have a lot of support from the public! Cirenres
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1:47pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Iansky says...

I wish the conservative cronies who are mostly "out of towners" would climb back in their boxes and dissapear.

They had their chance to make a positive difference but instead plundered the pot by extortionate parking charges, self serving business interests allied to their position and a complete lack of interest of the business people of the town and the state of the streets, all this time ensuringv they had puppet mayors who pandered to their needs!

We now have a mayor with a dynamic personality, a genuine interest in the town and it's people and enough backbone to stand up and say what he thinks.

A refreshing change and long overdue and this is the opinion of many in the town who have faced the demise over years of the previous arrogant out of towners "playing" politics.

Well done Joe and good riddance to the others - and I am non political as few can be trusted to not "feather their own nests" at our expense!
I wish the conservative cronies who are mostly "out of towners" would climb back in their boxes and dissapear. They had their chance to make a positive difference but instead plundered the pot by extortionate parking charges, self serving business interests allied to their position and a complete lack of interest of the business people of the town and the state of the streets, all this time ensuringv they had puppet mayors who pandered to their needs! We now have a mayor with a dynamic personality, a genuine interest in the town and it's people and enough backbone to stand up and say what he thinks. A refreshing change and long overdue and this is the opinion of many in the town who have faced the demise over years of the previous arrogant out of towners "playing" politics. Well done Joe and good riddance to the others - and I am non political as few can be trusted to not "feather their own nests" at our expense! Iansky
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4:43pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Sir/ Madam? Cirenres,
I see that you have now resulted in to that pompous School and Military attitude. Whitehead, Clark, and Gibbs. You further insult M/s. Clark, by adding an “E” to her name, which is insinuating that she cannot spell her own name. I have never met M/s. Susie Clark, or Councillor Gibbs, however my arrogance as you put it is one of being courteous to yourself along with anyone whose point of view differs from my own. I fully appreciate reading varying views in many newspaper columns. It has been known on occasions that others and their contributions have altered my view.
Sir/ Madam? Cirenres, I see that you have now resulted in to that pompous School and Military attitude. Whitehead, Clark, and Gibbs. You further insult M/s. Clark, by adding an “E” to her name, which is insinuating that she cannot spell her own name. I have never met M/s. Susie Clark, or Councillor Gibbs, however my arrogance as you put it is one of being courteous to yourself along with anyone whose point of view differs from my own. I fully appreciate reading varying views in many newspaper columns. It has been known on occasions that others and their contributions have altered my view. Allan Whitehead
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6:31pm Thu 25 Jul 13

Cirenres says...

Mr Whitehead why not just stick to the issue? The Mayor is right and has a lot of support from Ciren residents and the business community. Conservatives are so called for good reason but sadly a fact of life is that if you keep putting the same stuff in you keep getting the same stuff out! Time for change and I sincerely hope there is a younger generation out there to drive that change. Go for it Mr Mayor!
Mr Whitehead why not just stick to the issue? The Mayor is right and has a lot of support from Ciren residents and the business community. Conservatives are so called for good reason but sadly a fact of life is that if you keep putting the same stuff in you keep getting the same stuff out! Time for change and I sincerely hope there is a younger generation out there to drive that change. Go for it Mr Mayor! Cirenres
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10:13am Fri 26 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

@ Cirenres.
Sir/Madam,
I can agree that your comment stating the “Mayor” Councillor Joe Harris, is being supported. It was a fore gone conclusion that Mr. Mayor Joe Harris, would gather many supporters, as would anyone who was saying reduce or abolish the Cirencester car parking fees. I suspect every vehicle owner for miles around would echo your sentiments.
Sir/Madam, I even suspect if we asked those who did not vote to elect Councillor Joe Harris, they also will agree with his statement.
I do however; agree with all the comment about Conservatives and those Light Blues Liberal Democrats. They have and always will live in a world of their own. I have always voted labour, unfortunately unless they implement some real socialist policy. I am beginning to see them as complete waste of space. I admire a person who stands up to be counted, however, in this particular case I respect what has been said but I am not convinced it is the correct stance to take.
@ Cirenres. Sir/Madam, I can agree that your comment stating the “Mayor” Councillor Joe Harris, is being supported. It was a fore gone conclusion that Mr. Mayor Joe Harris, would gather many supporters, as would anyone who was saying reduce or abolish the Cirencester car parking fees. I suspect every vehicle owner for miles around would echo your sentiments. Sir/Madam, I even suspect if we asked those who did not vote to elect Councillor Joe Harris, they also will agree with his statement. I do however; agree with all the comment about Conservatives and those Light Blues Liberal Democrats. They have and always will live in a world of their own. I have always voted labour, unfortunately unless they implement some real socialist policy. I am beginning to see them as complete waste of space. I admire a person who stands up to be counted, however, in this particular case I respect what has been said but I am not convinced it is the correct stance to take. Allan Whitehead
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11:50am Fri 26 Jul 13

Iansky says...

My wife and I like many others who are small business owners would support car parking charges that are fair, in particular a charge for a 4hr window that would encourage people to visit, park, stay and shop as opposed to charges that encourage people to park all day with little turnover of patrons.

This will still generate revenue rather than have free parking and will in turn encourage those who have been scared away to return, especially when (if) the market place pedestrianisation is completed.

Parking should never be treated as a cash cow as it was by those blinkered few who introduced and endorsed it.

We are a proud and wonderful town that is in a slow demise thanks to diminishing footfall and total neglect by previous incumbents who just did not care.

Lets hope Joe can chivvy up those lethargic desk jockeys into positive action that will result in rejuvination, increased visitor numbers, a more presentable town and an overall increase of revenue for all including the council coffers.
My wife and I like many others who are small business owners would support car parking charges that are fair, in particular a charge for a 4hr window that would encourage people to visit, park, stay and shop as opposed to charges that encourage people to park all day with little turnover of patrons. This will still generate revenue rather than have free parking and will in turn encourage those who have been scared away to return, especially when (if) the market place pedestrianisation is completed. Parking should never be treated as a cash cow as it was by those blinkered few who introduced and endorsed it. We are a proud and wonderful town that is in a slow demise thanks to diminishing footfall and total neglect by previous incumbents who just did not care. Lets hope Joe can chivvy up those lethargic desk jockeys into positive action that will result in rejuvination, increased visitor numbers, a more presentable town and an overall increase of revenue for all including the council coffers. Iansky
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1:42pm Fri 26 Jul 13

David Broad says...

Lansky, Where exactly can you park more cheaply in Cheltenham or Gloucester than in Cirencester?
Lansky, Where exactly can you park more cheaply in Cheltenham or Gloucester than in Cirencester? David Broad
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2:39pm Fri 26 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Iansky.
Sir, your latest comment is most positive. I totally agree that parking charges should be in favour of the regular shoppers, with a scale of charges.
Which supports local business? Our Metropolitan Council as a policy of pay when you leave on our Multi-Storey Car Park, our Towns Market runs its car park with a similar system of pay when you leave.
We also have satellite car parks, which are pay and display. Out Town Centre is also Pay and display as is most of the street parking.
Charges vary depending where you park. If you park on one of the satellite parks the price is 20p for 1 hour, I always place 40p for 4 hrs. It saves me rushing. The nearer you park to the town centre pay and display price increase to 70 for 1 hr. anything over 1 hr. is charged £1- 10p up to 3 hours. After 3 hrs. It starts at £2.20 for 4 hours then it increases to £7.00.
To aid the local traders All Council Car Parks are free from 1500hrs until 0700hrs the following day this include free parking on Saturday’s
Iansky. Sir, your latest comment is most positive. I totally agree that parking charges should be in favour of the regular shoppers, with a scale of charges. Which supports local business? Our Metropolitan Council as a policy of pay when you leave on our Multi-Storey Car Park, our Towns Market runs its car park with a similar system of pay when you leave. We also have satellite car parks, which are pay and display. Out Town Centre is also Pay and display as is most of the street parking. Charges vary depending where you park. If you park on one of the satellite parks the price is 20p for 1 hour, I always place 40p for 4 hrs. It saves me rushing. The nearer you park to the town centre pay and display price increase to 70 for 1 hr. anything over 1 hr. is charged £1- 10p up to 3 hours. After 3 hrs. It starts at £2.20 for 4 hours then it increases to £7.00. To aid the local traders All Council Car Parks are free from 1500hrs until 0700hrs the following day this include free parking on Saturday’s Allan Whitehead
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4:48pm Fri 26 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Allan Whitehead wrote:
Iansky.
Sir, your latest comment is most positive. I totally agree that parking charges should be in favour of the regular shoppers, with a scale of charges.
Which supports local business? Our Metropolitan Council as a policy of pay when you leave on our Multi-Storey Car Park, our Towns Market runs its car park with a similar system of pay when you leave.
We also have satellite car parks, which are pay and display. Out Town Centre is also Pay and display as is most of the street parking.
Charges vary depending where you park. If you park on one of the satellite parks the price is 20p for 1 hour, I always place 40p for 4 hrs. It saves me rushing. The nearer you park to the town centre pay and display price increase to 70 for 1 hr. anything over 1 hr. is charged £1- 10p up to 3 hours. After 3 hrs. It starts at £2.20 for 4 hours then it increases to £7.00.
To aid the local traders All Council Car Parks are free from 1500hrs until 0700hrs the following day this include free parking on Saturday’s
Sorry I have listed the information that is now incorrect.
Please accept my sincere apologies the current charges are as follows:-
Location From shops
1
Fleece Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
2
Town Hall Square - Packer Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
3
Packer Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
4
King Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
5
Smith Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
6
The Esplanade 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
7
Church Lane 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
8
Nelson Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
9
Church Lane 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
10
Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre 3 mins Mon-Sun £8.00 / day

11
River Street 3 mins Mon-Sun Free
12
Hunter's Lane 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
13
Church Lane (outer) 4 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max
14
Bus Station - Smith Street 4 mins Mon-Sat 7:00-19:00 £6.60 / max
15
The Wheatsheaf Shopping Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £7.00 / max
16
St Mary's Gate 4 mins Mon-Fri 24 hours £0.80 / 1 hour
17
Newgate 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
18
Reed Hill - St Mary's Gate 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
19
Cheetham Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
20
Cheetham Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
21
Union Street - Hunter's Lane 5 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
22
Mecca Bingo - Smith Street 5 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / day
23
Greenwood Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
24
Water Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max
25
High Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £1.00 / 2 hours
26
High Street 5 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £2.00 / day
27
Eastgate Street 6 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
28
Drake St 6 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
29
Wet Rake Gardens - Drake Street 6 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max
30
Oldham Rd 7 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
31
Whitworth Road 8 mins Mon-Sun £1.00 / 2 hours
32
ASDA Rochdale Superstore 10 mins Mon-Sun Free
33
Back Oldham Road 10 mins Mon-Sun £0.40 / 1 hour
34
Rochdale Infirmary - Whitehall Street 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours
35
Rochdale Infirmary Lot 7 - Henley Street 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours
36
Yorkshire Street 11 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
37
Rochdale Infirmary Lot 2 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours
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Rochdale Infirmary Lot 3 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours
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Rivington Street 12 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free
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Yorkshire Street 12 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
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Whitehall Street 12 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
42
Private Driveway For Rent - Private Driveway For Rent 13 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £5.00 / day
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Rochdale Infirmary - Drop Off Zone 13 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free
44
Whitworth Road - Grasmere Street 15 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free
45
Upper Yorkshire Street - Morley Street 16 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour
46
Private Driveway For Rent - 5 Min Bus Drive To Town Centre 21 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £4.50 / day
Contact owner
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Wellfield Place 21 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free
48
Private Driveway For Rent - Private Car Park To Rent In Rochdale 23 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £5.00 / day
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Private Driveway For Rent - Driveway In Twinegate, Ol12 26 mins £5.00 / day
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Morrison’s - 285 Kingsway 26 mins Mon-Sun Free Metro Stop.
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Sandbrook Park (B & Q) 28 mins Mon-Sun Free
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[quote][p][bold]Allan Whitehead[/bold] wrote: Iansky. Sir, your latest comment is most positive. I totally agree that parking charges should be in favour of the regular shoppers, with a scale of charges. Which supports local business? Our Metropolitan Council as a policy of pay when you leave on our Multi-Storey Car Park, our Towns Market runs its car park with a similar system of pay when you leave. We also have satellite car parks, which are pay and display. Out Town Centre is also Pay and display as is most of the street parking. Charges vary depending where you park. If you park on one of the satellite parks the price is 20p for 1 hour, I always place 40p for 4 hrs. It saves me rushing. The nearer you park to the town centre pay and display price increase to 70 for 1 hr. anything over 1 hr. is charged £1- 10p up to 3 hours. After 3 hrs. It starts at £2.20 for 4 hours then it increases to £7.00. To aid the local traders All Council Car Parks are free from 1500hrs until 0700hrs the following day this include free parking on Saturday’s[/p][/quote]Sorry I have listed the information that is now incorrect. Please accept my sincere apologies the current charges are as follows:- Location From shops 1 Fleece Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 2 Town Hall Square - Packer Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 3 Packer Street 2 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 4 King Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 5 Smith Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 6 The Esplanade 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 7 Church Lane 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 8 Nelson Street 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 9 Church Lane 3 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 10 Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre 3 mins Mon-Sun £8.00 / day 11 River Street 3 mins Mon-Sun Free 12 Hunter's Lane 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 13 Church Lane (outer) 4 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max 14 Bus Station - Smith Street 4 mins Mon-Sat 7:00-19:00 £6.60 / max 15 The Wheatsheaf Shopping Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £7.00 / max 16 St Mary's Gate 4 mins Mon-Fri 24 hours £0.80 / 1 hour 17 Newgate 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 18 Reed Hill - St Mary's Gate 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 19 Cheetham Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 20 Cheetham Street 4 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 21 Union Street - Hunter's Lane 5 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 22 Mecca Bingo - Smith Street 5 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / day 23 Greenwood Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 24 Water Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max 25 High Street 5 mins Mon-Sun £1.00 / 2 hours 26 High Street 5 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £2.00 / day 27 Eastgate Street 6 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 28 Drake St 6 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 29 Wet Rake Gardens - Drake Street 6 mins Mon-Sun £2.70 / max 30 Oldham Rd 7 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 31 Whitworth Road 8 mins Mon-Sun £1.00 / 2 hours 32 ASDA Rochdale Superstore 10 mins Mon-Sun Free 33 Back Oldham Road 10 mins Mon-Sun £0.40 / 1 hour 34 Rochdale Infirmary - Whitehall Street 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours 35 Rochdale Infirmary Lot 7 - Henley Street 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours 36 Yorkshire Street 11 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 37 Rochdale Infirmary Lot 2 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours 38 Rochdale Infirmary Lot 3 11 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £6.00 / 24 hours 39 Rivington Street 12 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free 40 Yorkshire Street 12 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 41 Whitehall Street 12 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 42 Private Driveway For Rent - Private Driveway For Rent 13 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £5.00 / day Contact owner 43 Rochdale Infirmary - Drop Off Zone 13 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free 44 Whitworth Road - Grasmere Street 15 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free 45 Upper Yorkshire Street - Morley Street 16 mins Mon-Sun £0.80 / 1 hour 46 Private Driveway For Rent - 5 Min Bus Drive To Town Centre 21 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £4.50 / day Contact owner 47 Wellfield Place 21 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours Free 48 Private Driveway For Rent - Private Car Park To Rent In Rochdale 23 mins Mon-Sun 24 hours £5.00 / day Contact owner 49 Private Driveway For Rent - Driveway In Twinegate, Ol12 26 mins £5.00 / day Book now 50 Morrison’s - 285 Kingsway 26 mins Mon-Sun Free Metro Stop. 51 Sandbrook Park (B & Q) 28 mins Mon-Sun Free 52 Allan Whitehead
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5:02pm Fri 26 Jul 13

Bert Wilkins says...

Mr Whitehead(how apt), you are missing the point, and that is Joe is reflecting the point of view of the majority, especially town centre dwellers, of which I suspect you are not. He listens to his constituents.
Free speech...go ahead, but please don't dare claim you speak for the majority in this matter. Rich and poor alike complain parking costs are too high and it drives business away.
Mr Whitehead(how apt), you are missing the point, and that is Joe is reflecting the point of view of the majority, especially town centre dwellers, of which I suspect you are not. He listens to his constituents. Free speech...go ahead, but please don't dare claim you speak for the majority in this matter. Rich and poor alike complain parking costs are too high and it drives business away. Bert Wilkins
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11:31pm Fri 26 Jul 13

esse quam viderie says...

Mr Whitehead, I note from your reference to "Metropolitan" and your list of car parks that you are referring to the Borough of Rochdale. The key difference between Rochdale and Cirencester (apart from the obvious) is that in the former parking charges are set by councillors who live in Rochdale. In Cirencester they are set by Cotswold District councillors, the majority (34:10) of whom do not live here and have no real interest in the town.
Councillor Stowe and his Conservative majority would far rather use car park profits from Cirencester to subsidise the council tax in Chipping Camden than concern themselves with our economy.
Mr Whitehead, I note from your reference to "Metropolitan" and your list of car parks that you are referring to the Borough of Rochdale. The key difference between Rochdale and Cirencester (apart from the obvious) is that in the former parking charges are set by councillors who live in Rochdale. In Cirencester they are set by Cotswold District councillors, the majority (34:10) of whom do not live here and have no real interest in the town. Councillor Stowe and his Conservative majority would far rather use car park profits from Cirencester to subsidise the council tax in Chipping Camden than concern themselves with our economy. esse quam viderie
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9:04am Sat 27 Jul 13

Council Taxpayer says...

Cllr Broad is disingenuous when he seeks to compare parking charges in Cirencester with those in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The shopping offer in both of these locations is vast while Cirencester has a more limited number of shops which have to work much harder to attract business into the town,
These shops pay high rents and business rates but now have the Tory controlled council (the so-called party of business) actively working against their interests.
At the next district elections in May 2015, voters will have a clear choice between the Tories who blatantly make gross profits from overcharging for parking and the Lib Dems who are content to impose reasonable charges that reflect the actual cost of running the service,
It is a case of getting what you vote for. Vote Tory if you want to be mugged every time you park in the Cotswolds.
Cllr Broad is disingenuous when he seeks to compare parking charges in Cirencester with those in Cheltenham and Gloucester. The shopping offer in both of these locations is vast while Cirencester has a more limited number of shops which have to work much harder to attract business into the town, These shops pay high rents and business rates but now have the Tory controlled council (the so-called party of business) actively working against their interests. At the next district elections in May 2015, voters will have a clear choice between the Tories who blatantly make gross profits from overcharging for parking and the Lib Dems who are content to impose reasonable charges that reflect the actual cost of running the service, It is a case of getting what you vote for. Vote Tory if you want to be mugged every time you park in the Cotswolds. Council Taxpayer
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9:46am Sat 27 Jul 13

Allan Whitehead says...

Bert Wilkins wrote:
Mr Whitehead(how apt), you are missing the point, and that is Joe is reflecting the point of view of the majority, especially town centre dwellers, of which I suspect you are not. He listens to his constituents.
Free speech...go ahead, but please don't dare claim you speak for the majority in this matter. Rich and poor alike complain parking costs are too high and it drives business away.
Mr. Wilkins, Sir, I only speak for myself, my own personal
Views, I have never claimed to speak for the majority.
Unfortunately, many Councillors speak up for their constituents, and in many cases, they may not be speaking for the majority. However, I am positive Councillor Joe Harris is. Anyone who proposes a reduction in anything will always get support.
[quote][p][bold]Bert Wilkins[/bold] wrote: Mr Whitehead(how apt), you are missing the point, and that is Joe is reflecting the point of view of the majority, especially town centre dwellers, of which I suspect you are not. He listens to his constituents. Free speech...go ahead, but please don't dare claim you speak for the majority in this matter. Rich and poor alike complain parking costs are too high and it drives business away.[/p][/quote]Mr. Wilkins, Sir, I only speak for myself, my own personal Views, I have never claimed to speak for the majority. Unfortunately, many Councillors speak up for their constituents, and in many cases, they may not be speaking for the majority. However, I am positive Councillor Joe Harris is. Anyone who proposes a reduction in anything will always get support. Allan Whitehead
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11:18am Sat 27 Jul 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Cllr Joe Harris (55% of the vote in a 4 way contest) and a 1,000 majority has all the mandate anyone needs.

The profile of Britain's youngest Mayor in the current edition of 'Cotswolds Life' has clearly rattled a few of the old duffers in the sticks.
Cllr Joe Harris (55% of the vote in a 4 way contest) and a 1,000 majority has all the mandate anyone needs. The profile of Britain's youngest Mayor in the current edition of 'Cotswolds Life' has clearly rattled a few of the old duffers in the sticks. Olly Cromwell
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2:31pm Sun 28 Jul 13

Esmond Jenkins says...

As an infrequent visitor to this site, it is disappointing that so much energy is wasted by the apologists for a long discredited tory regime locally.
Behind the "bone headed" tory defence league lies the misguided presumption that the tory decision makers at CDC are :
a. Competent decision makers
b. Can be trusted to make commercially prudent decisions with our money.
c. Can be trusted.

I can assure members of the general public that I know these decision makers all too well, they are collectively with few exceptions none of the above.

For the thinking tory, there are few options in this part of the world but to challenge. Challenge the logic of those behind the car-parking charges, you will find it wafer thin.

We need new people, and fresh ideas, we don't have to be rabid socialists. Joe Harris is a young man who at least has chosen not to follow the herds of apologists , unlike the usual tory councillors who blog on here.
Joe has a mandate, in a democracy that has to count for something.

Esmond



I
As an infrequent visitor to this site, it is disappointing that so much energy is wasted by the apologists for a long discredited tory regime locally. Behind the "bone headed" tory defence league lies the misguided presumption that the tory decision makers at CDC are : a. Competent decision makers b. Can be trusted to make commercially prudent decisions with our money. c. Can be trusted. I can assure members of the general public that I know these decision makers all too well, they are collectively with few exceptions none of the above. For the thinking tory, there are few options in this part of the world but to challenge. Challenge the logic of those behind the car-parking charges, you will find it wafer thin. We need new people, and fresh ideas, we don't have to be rabid socialists. Joe Harris is a young man who at least has chosen not to follow the herds of apologists , unlike the usual tory councillors who blog on here. Joe has a mandate, in a democracy that has to count for something. Esmond I Esmond Jenkins
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8:52am Mon 29 Jul 13

Iansky says...

David Broad wrote:
Lansky, Where exactly can you park more cheaply in Cheltenham or Gloucester than in Cirencester?
David,

If you need to ask this then it is proof that you do not go there very often.

Glos: Hampden Way, Russell St, St Mary's St & Square, to name a few

Cheltenham: Bath Rd, St James St and there are more.
[quote][p][bold]David Broad[/bold] wrote: Lansky, Where exactly can you park more cheaply in Cheltenham or Gloucester than in Cirencester?[/p][/quote]David, If you need to ask this then it is proof that you do not go there very often. Glos: Hampden Way, Russell St, St Mary's St & Square, to name a few Cheltenham: Bath Rd, St James St and there are more. Iansky
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12:25pm Mon 29 Jul 13

David Broad says...

I often park in St James Street and it costs £1.40 minimum for 1 hour and 2.60 for 2 hours, £3.60 for 3 hours
against 50p minimum £1.30 for an hour and £2.30 for two hours, £ 3 for 3 hours in the Brewery. We use Bath Road for Cheltenham Hospital, distance wise it is twice as far from the main Promenade / Boots Corner / High Street shopping area as Beeches is from Cirencester Market Place but it is cheap, 60p minimum against the Brewery's 50p
As for Gloucester I haven't shopped there for years.
I often park in St James Street and it costs £1.40 minimum for 1 hour and 2.60 for 2 hours, £3.60 for 3 hours against 50p minimum £1.30 for an hour and £2.30 for two hours, £ 3 for 3 hours in the Brewery. We use Bath Road for Cheltenham Hospital, distance wise it is twice as far from the main Promenade / Boots Corner / High Street shopping area as Beeches is from Cirencester Market Place but it is cheap, 60p minimum against the Brewery's 50p As for Gloucester I haven't shopped there for years. David Broad
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