hour's free parking proposed in Highbridge to boost town centre
to introduce an hour's free parking and reduced-rate season tickets
at a car park in Highbridge have been unveiled this week in a bid
to give the town centre a boost.
plan for the Bank Street Car Park in Highbridge has been drawn up
by a group of town councillors and is set to be debated at a council
meeting on Monday (November 27th).
proposals aim to make the car park more useful to local residents,
increase revenue and help the town centre, says the group of Lib
Phil Harvey, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "At
the moment, the income from Bank Street from the general public
is only £18,000 per year whereas the figures from Oxford Street
and Pier Street in Burnham-On-Sea are £94,600 and £247,000
down the figures for Bank Street show there is a daily usage averaging
46 cars - with a further 20 from Drainage Board employees who benefit
from a £3,000 per year contract with Sedgemoor District Council."
the size of the car park, this shows it is seriously underused.
Our proposals are designed to address this and provide a better
service to the community."
town councillor John Parkes added: "There are a number of issues
we are trying to address - the reluctance of commuters to pay the
present season ticket charge of £720 per year is one which,
in consequence, leads to parking in local streets."
we want to address the need for shopkeepers and their staff for
all-day car parking at a reasonable cost; plus the difficulty that
local residents have in finding parking for their cars, especially
since the ASDA car park is no longer available for more than two
hours; and improving the viability of Market Street and Church Street
shops by providing free short-term car parking."
Victoria Weaver added: "If the Drainage Board can rent out
spaces at £150 per year each, why shouldn't Sedgemoor make
this more widely available? Part of our proposal is therefore to
make season tickets - specific to Bank Street only - available at
£150 per year to anyone who wants one - whether local residents,
workers or commuters."
less than 50p a day this should encourage people to use this car
park rather than park in the surrounding streets."
the proposal to provide free car parking for one hour, Cllr Fiona
Hector added: "We hope this will encourage people to pop into
the shops in Market Street and Church Street instead of out-of-town
venues. At the moment, £4,300 is raised from half hour and
one hour charges. It would only take 29 of the proposed new season
tickets to cover this."
Harvey said: "I hope we can persuade our fellow Town Councillors
to support these proposals and pass them on to Sedgemoor for consideration."
Murphy, Chairman of Highbridge Chamber of Trade, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We welcome any pragmatic plan that could result
in more shoppers coming to Highbridge. We are already working on
various parking schemes to encourage this and have created seven
extra free spaces in Market Street this year. This
scheme will need close consideration by Burnham and Highbridge Town
Council and Sedgemoor District Council to see if progress can be
District Council declined to comment on the proposals until
they have been formally submitted by the Town Council.