by Lib Dem team on 19 October, 2013
From last Monday, the cost of parking in Cheadle’s car parks for an hour fell from 30p to 20p, in response to requests from residents and traders to make short-stay parking cheaper.
The one-hour limited parking bays – for example on Charlotte Street and Oak Road – remain free.
In the centre of Stockport the cost of parking for one hour has come down from £1.50 to just 80p, and even cheaper if you’re willing to walk for an extra minute or two.
Sunday parking remains free in Cheadle. In the main Stockport car parks, it’s 50p to park on Sundays, but again you can get a better deal if you’re willing to walk just an extra minute or two. The car park next to St Mary’s Church, for example, is free on Sundays.
Overall the Council needs to bring in the same amount of money from car parking – we use it to maintain the car parks, roads and pavements. So to balance the cuts in short-stay parking, there are some lengths of stay where the price has gone up slightly. In Cheadle that tends to be some middle-length stays and long-stay has got cheaper.
The price of parking permits for Cheadle car parks is also coming down by quite a lot.
A lot of people ask the reasonable question of why can’t we have more free parking. The problem is that, if we want to maintain the car park, we have to get money from somewhere. If you go the Trafford Centre, every store is paying thousands of pounds a year towards maintaining the car parks. That’s OK for them, but not for our town and village centres where most of the shops are small independents without much money to spare. There’s one other place we can get money from, and that’s taxpayers. We are against taising taxes – or cutting spending elsewhere – to pay for free car parking.
However, we are looking at ways to make more short-term car parking free including seeing if some village centre residents parking schemes could allow one-hour parking during the day, and trialling one-hour free parking in some car parks next year.12 Comments