Spalding car parking fees go up at the start of 2020... and many still feel the price increase is too high, too soon
Workers and shoppers coming back into Spalding for the new year will have noticed that the price to park in a number of council-run parks has gone up.
And while there was relief that the district council agreed to back down on its original proposed increase to £5 for all-day parking, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is among those who feel that the jump to the new price of £3 happened too quickly.
Katrina Pierce, Lincolnshire development manager for the FSB, wrote to the council before Christmas voicing the views of independent retailers - and is now awaiting a response.
She said: “I have written to Coun Gambba-Jones to put forward the small business response and view of what the steep increase will mean for local firms.
“We have firmly stated that we not only foresee the increase having a direct impact on footfall and the general vibrancy of the town, but also hitting workers in the town. As yet we have not received a response so we look forward to working with South Holland District Council further to find a resolution.”
Coun Gambba-Jones said that he has passed the letter on to the council’s place manager to form a response due to other additional issues raised in the letter.
Darren Sutton, chair of Spalding Town Retailers’ Association, said: “Ideally we would like to see the parking fees go up less than they have. If it had been up to £2 this year, then a bit more the next year, it would have been better. It is a big jump.
“I understand the council has got to use the money to keep the car parks safe but if they had put the fee up to £2, then £2.50 etc, it would have been a bit more common sense.”
Traders have asked if the money from the increased car parking fares will go towards improvements to the town.
Coun Gary Taylor, lead for the Town Centre Regeneration Scheme, explained that the £500,000 that has been allocated for improvements to Spalding and Holbeach from the Council’s growth and investment reserve, is separate to money coming in from the increase in car parking fees. The latter will go towards car park improvements, including lighting.
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