Staff charged the same as students

STAFF at an East Anglian college are now facing the same car parking charges as students in a bid to promote public transport and raise income for repairs.

STAFF at an East Anglian college are now facing the same car parking charges as students in a bid to promote public transport and raise income for repairs.

From yesterday, Suffolk College in Ipswich increased its 50p car parking charge to £1 per day and applied the same fee to all users of the car park – including lecturers.

It is hoped the new arrangements will provide funding that can be ploughed back into maintaining the car park and lighting, and will also encourage people to use the bus or cycle into the college.

The new charges will not include those stopping for a short amount of time to drop off or pick up someone from the college.


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College officials will be liasing with three staff unions and the Student Union to measure the impact of the new arrangements.

Peter Funnell, assistant principle of Suffolk College, said: "We have always had car parking charges for students. We're simply rolling out car parking charges to both staff and students at £1 for the day.

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"We recognise as a college the need to be responsible. There is the issue of congestion in town. These fairly modest charges will be encouraging people to look at alternative travel arrangements into college.

"It's a town centre college and there is good access to public transport.

"There is a modest income associated with this. We're looking at ways we can enhance the estate as a whole. We will invest it in things like improved lighting and ground conditions. Ploughing it back into the estate itself."

The college is considering providing extra parking space for bicycles and requesting improved public transport in the vicinity of the college as a result of the new measures.

"What we have got here is a fairly sensitive and carefully planned response to the need to address issues of congestion in town and to adopt a more green agenda," said Mr Funnell.

"These sort of changes are consulted with trade unions. I think there is understanding why these are being introduced and recognition that £1 a day is very good value," he added.

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