On-street parking charges across Warwickshire set to shoot up next week

Parking charges across Warwickshire will be going up
Parking charges across Warwickshire will be going up

Charges for drivers parking on-street in towns across Warwickshire are set to shoot up next week.

Kenilworth will be the hardest hit, with the charge for parking for two hours going up from £1.20 to £2, an increase of 67 per cent.

Leamington, Rugby, and Warwick's charges will be increasing by 10 per cent, apart from the charge for 12 minutes of parking, which will be abolished. People looking to park for a short amount of time will have to pay the 30-minute charge.

And visitors to Stratford will be charged the same as in Leamington, Warwick and Rugby if they park on-street.

The changes will come into effect on Tuesday January 9.

Warwickshire County Council, responsible for off-street parking, agreed to the changes back in October.

The council has said it wanted to increase its charges to encourage drivers to park in off street locations, such as multi-storey car parks.

It also wanted to make charges across the county more consistent, but decided not to make Kenilworth’s charges as high because the increase might be considered too great.

A spokesman for Warwickshire County Council said: "This is the first such increase introduced on any street in Warwickshire since 2013 and in some street the charge for a one hour stay has remained the same since 2006.

"The increase will encourage drivers to use District or Borough Council controlled off-street parking spaces ahead of on-street spaces which helps traffic flows around towns.

"When deciding on rate increases a number of factors were considered, including the price relative to off street parking charges, what payments that can be made with tendered denominations of legal tender and the ability to offer drivers flexible tariffs which allow parking commensurate to the amount of change they have available.

"These proposed increases mean on-street parking charges will become more uniform across Warwickshire and remain competitively priced when compared with many other areas."

The changes in full are:

Leamington, Warwick and Rugby

12 minutes - 20p charge abolished

30 minutes - 50p increasing to 55p

1 hour - £1 increasing to £1.10

90 minutes - £1.50 increasing to £1.65

2 hours - £2 increasing to £2.20

Kenilworth

12 minutes - No charge increasing to 20p

30 minutes - 50p charge retained

1 hour - 80p increasing to £1

90 minutes - New charge of £1.50

2 hours - £1.20 to £2

Stratford

12 minutes - No charge retained

30 minutes - 50p increasing to 55p

1 hour - £1 increasing to £1.10

90 minutes - £1.50 increasing to £1.65

2 hours - £2 increasing to £2.20