Updated Saturday 5th January 2008
Parking Charges Increase
Car parking charges are set to rise to 70p for an hour in the town's short stay car parks
|70p an hour to park|
An all-day ticket for the town's long stay car parks goes up to £3.50, an increase of 30p.
East Herts District Council are also introducing a five hour price band for both short and long stay, with a charge of £3. Motor cyclists will also have their own dedicated spaces.
The increases were proposed at a recent meeting of the Executive Committee, who also recommended that drivers be allowed to "top-up" at some car parks. At present, so-called "meter-feeding" is not allowed and can result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.
The increases will help fund structural repairs at the Bircherley Green and Gascoyne Way car parks.
A two-hour stay in the town's car parks will now cost more than Welwyn Garden City.
Mike Carver, Executive member for planning policy and transport, said: "We've listened to what residents have been asking for and as a result we're proposing the removal of meter feeding as a contravention in some car parks, the introduction of the five hour band and improved parking for motorcyclists".
If approved by the full council, the charges will be introduced in April.