Freeze on Keynsham car park charges 'to support town's traders'

Published on: 05 Feb 2018

Short-stay parking charges in Keynsham will be frozen to support the town’s High Street traders, Bath and North East Somerset Council has announced.

Drivers parking for up to three hours in any of the town centre car parks won’t see any price increases under proposals from the authority.

Motorists staying for longer periods of time will pay more, however, with proposed charges of 90p for four hours, up from 80p; £1.60 for eight hours, up from £1.30; and £2.10 for 10 hours, up from £1.70.

Meanwhile, the cost of long-stay parking in Bath will be going up with a flat hourly rate of £1.60 across all off-street car parks, capped at £15 a day. The council is also proposing a 10 per cent discount for all B&NES residents when parking for less than three hours in one of Bath’s council-run car parks, using its cashless payment system.

Bath’s park and ride charges will not be changed as part of the shake-up, which will be considered by the Cabinet on February 7.

Councillor Mark Shelford, Cabinet member for transport and environment, said one of the main aims was to encourage commuters to use the park and ride or public transport rather than driving into the city.

He said: “We’ve listened to what residents have told us is important to them and from this we have developed the three key principles of putting residents first, improving air quality and making the park and ride even more of an attractive option compared to long-stay parking in the city centre, while at the same time supporting our local shops and traders.”

He added: “In Keynsham we are proposing to freeze the cost of parking for up to three hours, and we are protecting the existing free parking in local community car parks across the area.”

If the proposals are approved, there will be a further period of public consultation before the charges are introduced later in the year.

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