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Spalding car parking charges are going up

Car parking charges in Spalding could be rising.

South Holland District Council's Cabinet will be discussing proposals to change tariffs and season tickets during its next meeting on Tuesday, October 29.

The recommendations will also look at extending car parking provision in Spalding along with creating more parent and toddler bays as well as electric vehicle charging points in its car parks.

Spalding car park charges are due to go up
Spalding car park charges are due to go up

If approved, these recommendations will see added investment in car parking provision across Spalding as well as resurfacing works, improved signage and security.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Place said: “Any increases in charges for residents for whatever service the council provides is never taken lightly and we are aware that some residents and retailers may have some concerns. What I would say is that we currently offer the lowest car parking charges in Lincolnshire and our prices have been static for ten years now, despite the increasing costs of provision.

“These increases mean we can continue to invest in better car parking facilities for the benefit of everyone and offer increased provision, lighting, signage and bays for parents with young children.”

The Sheep Market car park in Spalding
The Sheep Market car park in Spalding

The council has not changed its car parking pricing structure since 2009 and says its car parking tariffs are lowest on average compared in other districts in Lincolnshire and Norfolk.

The district will continue to offer free of charge parking during evenings and on Sundays and bank holidays.

Another key aspect of the changes is to ensure fair car parking provision across its sites at both the Castle Sports Centre and Castle Pool. Working with its leisure provider Parkwood, the council will be seeking to invest in the car parks, offering more spaces and ensuring that users of the leisure facilities can park on site by introducing charges to non-users.

The district council recently invested in its car parks by introducing new pay machines which gives a greater flexibility in payment options, including the ability to pay by cash and card. Further investment could see the introduction of a mobile phone app as another option to pay.

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