Plan to introduce charges at free council-owned car parks in North East Lincolnshire
PARKING charges could be introduced at free council-owned car parks across North East Lincolnshire – and tariffs brought in for disabled blue badge holders at other locations.
The proposed move is one of a series of recommendations contained within the council's parking strategy, which could be introduced from September this year.
The strategy has been drawn up to achieve a balance between the cost of providing the service and the revenue generated.
As part of the review, the council is proposing to scrap free parking at various sites, including Alden Close and Craik Hill Avenue in Immingham, Waltham Road in Scartho, Kirkgate in Waltham and Church Lane in Humberston.
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The car parks could either be turned into pay and display car parks or sold off altogether.
As part of the review, the council has also undertaken detailed research into how other authorities deliver their parking services.
Other proposals include:
Scrapping free parking for disabled blue badge holders in council-owned car parks.
Scrapping concessionary parking permits.
Disposing of "low usage" car parks such as Orwell Street West, Heritage Square and Burgess Street in Grimsby.
Freezing the price of a season ticket for the next financial year.
Minor revisions to car parking charges across the borough – including an increase for all-day parking from £5 to £7.50 in some Grimsby town centre car parks, such as Abbey Walk, Cartergate and Market Hall.
Introducing short-term or temporary permits.
The proposal to scrap free car parks in the borough has been criticised by nearby businesses who say it will harm trade.
And North East Lincolnshire Disability Access Group (NELDA) said it would oppose any move to scrap free parking for blue badge holders.
The council's head of development Jason Longhurst, who presented the recommendations at a meeting of the regeneration and environment scrutiny panel, said: "These are first draft recommendations based on intelligence.
"In terms of implementation we are looking at September this year."
He added that any changes would be subject to scrutiny and public consultation prior to being approved by the portfolio holder.