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Do you back Tory plans for a 67% increase in car park charges?

Elizabeth Daly parking

Elizabeth Daly is concerned that higher charges will lead to more parking in residential roads while our car parks lie empty

The Conservative administration in Mole Valley District Council has announced plans for a 67% increase in car park charges from 60p to £1 an hour from August. The extra charge aims to fill a hole in the Council's finances after Tory councillors backed a 4-year deal with Government which will leave the Council with just 1% of business rates collected locally.

The Liberal Democrats are leading the opposition to the charges in the District Council. The official CPI inflation index used by the Government has risen by just 23% since car park fees were last set which corresponds to an hourly rate of less than 75p an hour. So the increase is nearly three times the effect of inflation and will be yet another extra cost for residents.

There is particular concern that the extra charges will drive away much-needed trade in our town and village centres, and lead to even more parking in residential roads.

Bookham South campaigner Elizabeth Daly said: "It's ridiculous for the Council to try to justify this massive hike by reference to the parking charges in major towns like Guildford and Epsom. These charges will kill our high streets and put further pressure on parking in residential roads while car parks like Lower Shott lie empty."

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