(James Warwick, Acting Service Director Contracts) To consider the attached report on the review off street parking tariffs.
J Warwick (Acting Service Director) introduced the off-street car parks tariffs report and advised the Select Committee that tariffs had not increased since 2015. The review aimed to ensure tariffs were set at a sustainable level to support the operation of car parks and to assist with budget pressures. Cost benefit analysis and consultation with officers and members had been carried out to inform the proposed changes to off street parking charges, permits and seasons tickets. These were detailed as:
• The existing tariffs of £0.20 for 30 minutes, £0.80/£0.90 for up to 1 hour and £1.60/£1.80 for up to 2 hours to be increased by £0.20 across the District. The principle of differential tariff between car parks to be retained.
• To retain the tariffs for stays above 2 hours.
• To extend full tariff on Saturday to apply to all car parks across the District.
• To extend 1 hour free parking on Sunday to 2 hours across the District and increase all day £1.00 charge to £2.00.
• To remove daily 1 hour free charging in Civic Offices Car Park (Sunday free allowance will remain) in consistency with other District car parks.
• To agree full tariffs to be introduced in Beaumont Park Drive Car Park, with a view to exploring satisfactory resolutions for demand.
• To retain free weekend and Bank Holiday parking during the month of December.
• To continue free parking for Blue Badge holders and motorbikes.
Permits & Season Tickets;
• To increase first residents permit charge from £50.00 to £55.00 per annum, in line with on-street charges.
• Introduction of business and residents permits in Cornmill Car Park (Waltham Abbey) and business permits in Oakwood Hill East Car Park (Loughton).
• Season Tickets 5% discount to be retained and prices to be adjusted in line with proposed parking charges.
Operational hours of 08:00-18:00 in all car parks, and
Implementation of changes in tariff would commence in Q1 2022
The review of the off-street car park tariffs also took into consideration the climate change action plan and the need to reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality in Epping Forest. Car parks were operating at 80% of pre-pandemic income.
The Committee considered and discussed the proposed changes tariffs and raised queries in relation to:
To recommend the review of off-street car parking tariff for consideration and approval by Cabinet with the inclusion of the additional options:
(a) the first 30 mins parking be free of charge, or remain as is, and the financial impact be offset with further increased tariffs for longer stay periods of parking, and
(b) the feasibility of the introduction of an annual payment system to allow the occasional use of all EFDC car parks for up to 2 hours,