Update: Council urged to reconsider Dorchester parking price hike

Dorset Echo: The price of an all-day ticket at Fairfield car park will double from April The price of an all-day ticket at Fairfield car park will double from April

BUSINESS figures ‘vehemently oppose’ a proposal to double the price of a ticket in one of Dorchester’s most popular car parks.

In a letter obtained by the Echo, Dorchester BID chairman John Fiori asks district councill leader David Clarke to reconsider the plan to hike prices at Fairfield car park.

In April, the price of an 8am to 6pm ticket will double from £2 to £4.

It is estimated that the council will make an extra £200,000 from the increase.

The plan has been described as ‘outrageous’ since it was backed by councillors in December.

In the letter to Mr Evans, Mr Fiori says ‘many members’ of the BID had contacted its office with their concerns.

He goes on to add: ‘We trust that you will very carefully consider the implications of this price increase before any decisions are made.

‘This change will cause a significant negative impact upon staff and business owners alike (who utilise the long stay facility).

‘These car park users could experience a 100 percent increase in their parking charges over the course of the year.

‘We enjoy a close working relationship and we are keen to pass on the feedback that we are given to ensure that you have a balanced view of the opinions of our levy payers.’

The price hike was proposed in the annual parking report agreed by the executive committee.

Readers, such as 28 year-old Lauren Browne whose car was vandalised when she left in the car park to go to work, have told the Echo that they oppose the measure.

Town councillor David Taylor previously told the Echo he is concerned workers will be forced to park in residential areas, causing more disagreements and possible vandalism.

Speaking to the Echo today, Mr Fiori said he is yet to receive a response from the council but was compelled to write the letter because levy payers are ‘very unhappy.’

A spokesman for West Dorset District Council said: "Short stay parking charges across the district have remained frozen for an eighth consecutive year.

"However, councillors agreed in December to bring charges, including season tickets, for Middle and Little Fairfield car park in line with the Top O'Town car park and to set the minimum long stay all-day parking charge at £2 in all other West Dorset District Council-run car parks."

 

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6:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Bit of a U-turn from the BID Chairman, I'd say.
Bit of a U-turn from the BID Chairman, I'd say. CoogarUK.com
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9:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

railwaychickenboy6 says...

why should weymouth be the only one to pay through the nose for parking, put the prices up to the same as weymouth or lower weymouths
why should weymouth be the only one to pay through the nose for parking, put the prices up to the same as weymouth or lower weymouths railwaychickenboy6
  • Score: -5

9:32pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

Here we go, just the start of price hikes across the board to prop up the WDDC and cover all their administration costs in the face of reduced handouts. Car park charges are easy targets as a lot of users are visitors and they don't get a say. Well actually WDDC, they do, beacause they vote with their feet (or rather their cars) in going elsewhere and not bring any trade to the town. Others might also count the cost and do more shopping on-line. Well done WDDC, I'd say you are severing the lifeline for the town's traders.
Here we go, just the start of price hikes across the board to prop up the WDDC and cover all their administration costs in the face of reduced handouts. Car park charges are easy targets as a lot of users are visitors and they don't get a say. Well actually WDDC, they do, beacause they vote with their feet (or rather their cars) in going elsewhere and not bring any trade to the town. Others might also count the cost and do more shopping on-line. Well done WDDC, I'd say you are severing the lifeline for the town's traders. Tinker2
  • Score: 4

9:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

leo210856 says...

Come on they have to fund the additional £2 million being thrown at Goulds folly somehow.
WDDDC I believe a one point had one of the largest amount of money in reserve so it seems to me that despite wasting a chunk already on the ill thought out re- development the council are now going to make car users pay.
Ah some may say the intention is to move car users out of town, like other town centres and thereby getting drivers to use the park on ride but Dorchester is just about the only town which doesn't operate P&R on the busiest shopping day of the week (Saturday)
WDDC have no joined up thinking in terms of parking and missed the boat in terms of using Olympic money that was available to fund a park and ride . All this hike will do is force shoppers to avoid the town
Come on they have to fund the additional £2 million being thrown at Goulds folly somehow. WDDDC I believe a one point had one of the largest amount of money in reserve so it seems to me that despite wasting a chunk already on the ill thought out re- development the council are now going to make car users pay. Ah some may say the intention is to move car users out of town, like other town centres and thereby getting drivers to use the park on ride but Dorchester is just about the only town which doesn't operate P&R on the busiest shopping day of the week (Saturday) WDDC have no joined up thinking in terms of parking and missed the boat in terms of using Olympic money that was available to fund a park and ride . All this hike will do is force shoppers to avoid the town leo210856
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

MaidofDorset says...

Four pounds a day on top of petrol and running costs might make some minimum wage shop workers decide they are better off on the dole. An extra £10 a week is a lot to find when you are taxed and earn £6.31 an hour or £5.03 if under 21.
Four pounds a day on top of petrol and running costs might make some minimum wage shop workers decide they are better off on the dole. An extra £10 a week is a lot to find when you are taxed and earn £6.31 an hour or £5.03 if under 21. MaidofDorset
  • Score: -1

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