Bury St Edmunds: Parking boss backs tariff change plans

CHANGES to parking charges across west Suffolk will be voted on by councillors next week.

Proposals put forward in a review of car parking prices by St Edmundsbury Borough Council recommend that tariffs in the ward should be tailored individually and that free parking in Bury St Edmunds town centre is removed or restricted.

According to council documents, Terry Clements, member responsible for transport and car parking, will ask cabinet colleagues to approve 11 recommendations, accept three with modifications and reject three more.

The vote, which would need to be ratified by full council in February, could see some prices rise in April 2013, including those in the county’s most lucrative car park, the Cattle Market. Other fees would remain the same or fall, while parking in Lower Baxter would be free for two hours between 8am and 10am each Wednesday in a bid to boost trade to the street market. An independent study into the feasibility of pay-on-exit parking, something that had been requested by Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bid4Bury, has also been recommended for approval.

Terry Clements, cabinet member responsible for transport and car parking, said: “I will be asking my cabinet colleagues to approve the vast majority of the results from this work because overall they make a great deal of sense.”

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