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Car park charges to be introduced at Herefordshire Council HQ
11:22am Monday 11th March 2013 in News
HEREFORDSHIRE Council staff will have to pay to park at work from this summer.
Employees and the public leaving their car at the authority’s Plough Lane base and Brockington headquarters will be charged from the beginning of June.
Staff and visitors will also have to pay when parking at Bath Street, the Shirehall and Town Hall.
Alistair Neill, the council’s new chief executive, said: “We have made the decision to implement car parking charges in selected council office locations in Hereford, with effect from 1 June 2013.
“This is obviously a very sensitive issue in the current economic climate and whilst all reasonable options have been considered, we recognise that there is no perfect solution.
“However, at a time when we are trying to encourage residents and businesses to travel in more sustainable ways, it is the right approach that we lead by example.”
He said he hoped the charges will encourage car sharing, walking and cycling among staff.
"This will help to reduce congestion and CO2 emissions in Hereford, where 10,000 car journeys are made every morning during peak times, all of which are less than three miles long,” added Mr Neill.