Charges loom for Herefordshire car parks

Drivers will have to pay more to park at the Merton Meadow car park in Hereford.

Drivers will have to pay more to park at the Merton Meadow car park in Hereford.

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SHOPPERS in Hereford will have to pay to park up to 10pm in many of the city’s car parks from next month.

Following a public consultation, Herefordshire Council has announced its plans to extend parking charges into the evenings and on bank holidays both in the city and market towns.

In Leominster and Ross-on- Wye, parking charges will remain the same but will be extended until 10pm and on to bank holidays.

In Ledbury, parking charges will remain in place until 6pm but motorists will see a price increase at St Katherine’s car park.

One hour stays will go up from 50p to 70p.

And those using Bye Street car park will only be able to park for a maximum of three hours.

Hereford’s Merton Meadow car park will increase from £2 all day to £3 all day but other city sites – including Gaol Street, Maylord Orchards and Bath Street – will remain at their current tariff with extended charging hours.

But there is some good news, with charges at Friars Street car park being reduced from £4.70 for more than four hours to £3 and at St Martins which is down to £3 for more than two hours.

However, that will do little to please drivers like Ray Weston, who fears the changes will have an impact on traditional pub and club teams who play games such as darts and skittles.

The captain of Credenhill Skittles Team said: “The changes will undoubtedly have an adverse effect on those attending, which in turn will reduce income for pubs and clubs.

“Does the council not realise that the centre of Hereford needs to have people coming into it to provide the lifeblood to all the businesses within the central area?”

“The council seems to be either unaware of, or uncaring of, the fact that to reduce the numbers of people coming into town will be the final nail in the coffin for many small businesses.”

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10:59am Thu 29 May 14

swampy says...

I think this is scandalous, small businesses in Hereford find it difficult enough to survive, its just another nail in the coffin and will encourage people to go elsewhere, Fair enough to charge on a Bank Holiday, but not charge to 10pm. Who on earth did the council consult ??
I think this is scandalous, small businesses in Hereford find it difficult enough to survive, its just another nail in the coffin and will encourage people to go elsewhere, Fair enough to charge on a Bank Holiday, but not charge to 10pm. Who on earth did the council consult ?? swampy
  • Score: 22

11:15am Thu 29 May 14

B the B says...

Unbelievable, we get a fantastic new shopping area costing millions and the Council are hell bent on clobbering it. People that would have come into town will go to other areas that offer free parking.
I speak to a lot of folk from the Welsh borders, an area that used to send loads of folk into Hfd and they all say that they would rather go to Merthyr or Newport as they have free parking in their shopping complexes. I know the council need money but this isn't the way, get people into the City and spend.
Unbelievable, we get a fantastic new shopping area costing millions and the Council are hell bent on clobbering it. People that would have come into town will go to other areas that offer free parking. I speak to a lot of folk from the Welsh borders, an area that used to send loads of folk into Hfd and they all say that they would rather go to Merthyr or Newport as they have free parking in their shopping complexes. I know the council need money but this isn't the way, get people into the City and spend. B the B
  • Score: 22

11:53am Thu 29 May 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

"Following a public consultation' - hmmm, no one asked me. When did this happen and where are the results? Did the turkeys vote for Christmas - I very much doubt it. No, this will have been yet another sham box ticking exercise, decided beforehand - a pattern we've seen so many times before.
"Following a public consultation' - hmmm, no one asked me. When did this happen and where are the results? Did the turkeys vote for Christmas - I very much doubt it. No, this will have been yet another sham box ticking exercise, decided beforehand - a pattern we've seen so many times before. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 27

12:37pm Thu 29 May 14

apdor says...

B the B - As somebody who lives in Herefordshire and on the welsh Borders - I have visited Merthyr on numerous occasions to visit the cinema and food / retail outlets, Now that the new cinema and Old market development are up and running there are no need for me to go to Merthry any more, yes the car parking is free, but you use more than £3 worth of fuel getting there.

To be honest, if paying £3 for parking in Hereford stops people coming to town, they probably wont be the customer who spends a great deal in shops anyway. Its illogical to drive miles to another city and spend more on fuel than pay a small car park charge.
B the B - As somebody who lives in Herefordshire and on the welsh Borders - I have visited Merthyr on numerous occasions to visit the cinema and food / retail outlets, Now that the new cinema and Old market development are up and running there are no need for me to go to Merthry any more, yes the car parking is free, but you use more than £3 worth of fuel getting there. To be honest, if paying £3 for parking in Hereford stops people coming to town, they probably wont be the customer who spends a great deal in shops anyway. Its illogical to drive miles to another city and spend more on fuel than pay a small car park charge. apdor
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Thu 29 May 14

Aquarius says...

I'm afraid this sort of thing is going to be happening more and more wherever you go. Councils are so strapped for cash that they're going to be going down this route more as a fairly easy way of making money.
I'm afraid this sort of thing is going to be happening more and more wherever you go. Councils are so strapped for cash that they're going to be going down this route more as a fairly easy way of making money. Aquarius
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Thu 29 May 14

Mr Tea says...

£3 all day is very reasonable - what's the fuss about?
£3 all day is very reasonable - what's the fuss about? Mr Tea
  • Score: 0

7:58pm Thu 29 May 14

RogerLFC says...

Mr Tea wrote:
£3 all day is very reasonable - what's the fuss about?
Car parks handy to the old town centre (like Gaol St or West St) are going to be £4.40 for up to 4 hours. Then you have to leave. You can currently park at 2pm and go shopping and the charges stop at 6pm ... So you can leave the car where it is and spend money in town in the evening. Not any more! You got to move the car! I suppose you could park at the decrepit Merton Meadow car park for £3 but I wouldn't! I appreciate these central car parks are 'short stay' but they are not full in the evening and this is just a desperate attempt to increase revenue at the expense of local businesses. So that is what the fuss is about!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Tea[/bold] wrote: £3 all day is very reasonable - what's the fuss about?[/p][/quote]Car parks handy to the old town centre (like Gaol St or West St) are going to be £4.40 for up to 4 hours. Then you have to leave. You can currently park at 2pm and go shopping and the charges stop at 6pm ... So you can leave the car where it is and spend money in town in the evening. Not any more! You got to move the car! I suppose you could park at the decrepit Merton Meadow car park for £3 but I wouldn't! I appreciate these central car parks are 'short stay' but they are not full in the evening and this is just a desperate attempt to increase revenue at the expense of local businesses. So that is what the fuss is about! RogerLFC
  • Score: 9

9:39pm Thu 29 May 14

CJM1957 says...

Like other correspondents, this decision appears to have involved another one of the council's mystery consultations. One wonders how much extra revenue will be generated. Extra staff will be required to work until 10pm, they will need additional staff for personal safety later in the evenings and presumably on bank holidays they will be paid more. No sooner do we have a good cinema and some new restaurants, than our council tries to push people away again. When will they get the message that Hereford is a small county town with a fragile economy and limited tourism and not a metropolis? The Old Market has already resulted in reduced footfall for local and national businesses in High Town, now they want to put people off with late night parking charges. We just have to wait 12 months before we throw this abominable administration out - Tories and 'blue Independents' - but that may be too long to save what's left of the city.
Like other correspondents, this decision appears to have involved another one of the council's mystery consultations. One wonders how much extra revenue will be generated. Extra staff will be required to work until 10pm, they will need additional staff for personal safety later in the evenings and presumably on bank holidays they will be paid more. No sooner do we have a good cinema and some new restaurants, than our council tries to push people away again. When will they get the message that Hereford is a small county town with a fragile economy and limited tourism and not a metropolis? The Old Market has already resulted in reduced footfall for local and national businesses in High Town, now they want to put people off with late night parking charges. We just have to wait 12 months before we throw this abominable administration out - Tories and 'blue Independents' - but that may be too long to save what's left of the city. CJM1957
  • Score: 6

10:12pm Thu 29 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

train to brum or worcester better shopping I am sorry for local bussiness but this council a shafting them to the hilt as for the new shoping center its a joke a cheep jack mish mash of over priced stores and usless national fast food chains. eat in local pubs and support local bussiness in high town if you can afford the p[arking
train to brum or worcester better shopping I am sorry for local bussiness but this council a shafting them to the hilt as for the new shoping center its a joke a cheep jack mish mash of over priced stores and usless national fast food chains. eat in local pubs and support local bussiness in high town if you can afford the p[arking jarvis 2
  • Score: 7

5:58am Fri 30 May 14

B the B says...

apdor wrote:
B the B - As somebody who lives in Herefordshire and on the welsh Borders - I have visited Merthyr on numerous occasions to visit the cinema and food / retail outlets, Now that the new cinema and Old market development are up and running there are no need for me to go to Merthry any more, yes the car parking is free, but you use more than £3 worth of fuel getting there.

To be honest, if paying £3 for parking in Hereford stops people coming to town, they probably wont be the customer who spends a great deal in shops anyway. Its illogical to drive miles to another city and spend more on fuel than pay a small car park charge.
I don't disagree with your view apdor, I am only going by what I am told, a few years ago people from Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Builth also used to come into Hereford to do the shopping, it is these people that Hereford has lost.
Brecon to Merthyr 18 miles
Brecon to Hereford 39 miles
Llandrindod to Hereford 41 miles
Llandrindod to Merthyr 47
Why would they come back? Putting up charges wont attract them back. To be honest the charges wont affect me too much as living in Hereford I cant imagine spending more than two hours shopping anyway, but if I travelled to get here I would. As a matter of interest these people used to come and watch Hereford United too.
[quote][p][bold]apdor[/bold] wrote: B the B - As somebody who lives in Herefordshire and on the welsh Borders - I have visited Merthyr on numerous occasions to visit the cinema and food / retail outlets, Now that the new cinema and Old market development are up and running there are no need for me to go to Merthry any more, yes the car parking is free, but you use more than £3 worth of fuel getting there. To be honest, if paying £3 for parking in Hereford stops people coming to town, they probably wont be the customer who spends a great deal in shops anyway. Its illogical to drive miles to another city and spend more on fuel than pay a small car park charge.[/p][/quote]I don't disagree with your view apdor, I am only going by what I am told, a few years ago people from Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and Builth also used to come into Hereford to do the shopping, it is these people that Hereford has lost. Brecon to Merthyr 18 miles Brecon to Hereford 39 miles Llandrindod to Hereford 41 miles Llandrindod to Merthyr 47 Why would they come back? Putting up charges wont attract them back. To be honest the charges wont affect me too much as living in Hereford I cant imagine spending more than two hours shopping anyway, but if I travelled to get here I would. As a matter of interest these people used to come and watch Hereford United too. B the B
  • Score: 2

9:20am Fri 30 May 14

Hereford person says...

This will result in more drivers parking in residential areas when they are shopping or at work, we must have more resident parking areas but I believe it takes the council and BB three years to set this easy task up.
Now we have an increase to the cabinet in our council perhaps this new councillor will be able to get officers working more efficiently.
This will result in more drivers parking in residential areas when they are shopping or at work, we must have more resident parking areas but I believe it takes the council and BB three years to set this easy task up. Now we have an increase to the cabinet in our council perhaps this new councillor will be able to get officers working more efficiently. Hereford person
  • Score: 2

2:25pm Fri 30 May 14

mizza21 says...

I thought Merton Meadow was going to be smothered in affordable housing?
I thought Merton Meadow was going to be smothered in affordable housing? mizza21
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Fri 30 May 14

LorraineK says...

We already have problems with people parking in our residential area to go into town or to the Bishops Meadow. It will only get worse now. I
We already have problems with people parking in our residential area to go into town or to the Bishops Meadow. It will only get worse now. I LorraineK
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Fri 30 May 14

Rev.JohnnyElder says...

All we hear in the news is how high street prices are forever increasing due to inflation. Not in my local Poundland they're not. Not a single price rise in 5 years.
All we hear in the news is how high street prices are forever increasing due to inflation. Not in my local Poundland they're not. Not a single price rise in 5 years. Rev.JohnnyElder
  • Score: -1

9:50pm Fri 30 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

Does anyone know whether the council published this 'consultation report'?
So, for evening matches at Edgar Street I will now have to pay to park on my usual patch of mud near the brook?
Does anyone know whether the council published this 'consultation report'? So, for evening matches at Edgar Street I will now have to pay to park on my usual patch of mud near the brook? littlewhitebull
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bindi2014 says...

Ha Ha!! there's enough free parking out there hereford council if you have the patience to look for it, and i have patience. no way will i ever pay to park especially when you put the prices up, drives people away. sorry
Ha Ha!! there's enough free parking out there hereford council if you have the patience to look for it, and i have patience. no way will i ever pay to park especially when you put the prices up, drives people away. sorry Bindi2014
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dippyhippy says...

Rev.JohnnyElder wrote:
All we hear in the news is how high street prices are forever increasing due to inflation. Not in my local Poundland they're not. Not a single price rise in 5 years.
Wonderful comment!

Made me chuckle!
[quote][p][bold]Rev.JohnnyElder[/bold] wrote: All we hear in the news is how high street prices are forever increasing due to inflation. Not in my local Poundland they're not. Not a single price rise in 5 years.[/p][/quote]Wonderful comment! Made me chuckle! dippyhippy
  • Score: 1

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