A couple of months ago the borough council Executive agreed, with minor qualifications, to increase the cost of parking in the town. (We wrote about the proposals here: https://wp.me/p3Dlu2-3Ff)
Subsequently, the Executive’s decision was formally questioned by two councillors. Key factors included:
“The decision to raise car-parking charges had been taken at a time when the income from car parking was falling; footfall in the shopping centre had fallen and work would be underway on the High Street, which would potentially cause disruption to shoppers and traders
“The report considered by the Executive had contained insufficient information as to the proper timing of the scheduled works.
“There was a lack of information on the viability of Camberley Town Centre and the impact of the revenue raised in the current financial year.
“Bracknell, a competitor town, was reported to have decided not to increase charges in the car parks it manages.
“Lack of detail on footfall data, income generation and ongoing costs had been provided to the Executive which had prevented it from looking at car parking in the wider economic context.
“The discrepancy between proposals to increase daytime tariffs at a time when traders were experiencing year on year falls in trading levels, whilst reducing evening tariffs in support of the night-time economy.
“Feedback from an online, informal survey had indicated that residents did not feel they received good value from Camberley Town Centre and consequently shopped in neighbouring towns “
As a result, at tomorrow’s Executive meeting the committee will re-consider its earlier decision. It will discuss whether to postpone any conclusion until it has more information. It will also consider a proposal “to establish a Task & Finish Group to examine council provided parking in Camberley Town Centre, [addressing amongst other things] the total parking package offered in town centre car parks, and the whole parking offering and charging regime to include a reasonable provision of free parking with not less than one hour.”