Dedham: Parking charges introduced

Dedham: Parking charges introduced

Dedham: Parking charges introduced

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CONTROVERSIAL car parking charges are to come into force in an Essex beauty spot from April 1.

Visitors to Dedham will have to pay to park in Duck Pond and Mill Lane car parks, following years of speculation the charges could be introduced.

Colchester Council has confirmed the charges will include £4 a day for visitors.

But Dedham businesses will each be given two free annual car parking season tickets.

Originally the council had proposed they pay £50 a year to park.

See Thursday's Gazette for the full story.

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11:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Such a shame it's a lovely place to visit but £4.00 to park? No thanks. The businesses will lose out big time.
Such a shame it's a lovely place to visit but £4.00 to park? No thanks. The businesses will lose out big time. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 6

1:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Lord Newbold says...

How progressive of the Council to give Businesses 2 free parking passes.
While frightening off visitors whom the traders (Businesses) rely on.
Instead of placing a staggered parking charge depending on how long you wish to stay. When businesses have two free passes, spaces will be occupied from when businesses open until they close. On a rough estimate along the high street area, 30 businesses equal £240.00 per day; alternatively over a 6-day week will £1440.00 that is assuming Sundays are free from charges. If not then we have £240.00 to add. !440 + 240 = £1680.00 per week which is a £87,360.00 per annum.
Therefore, we have these businesses being subsidised by the Council to approximately £2912.00 each. I will gamble that visitor will not stop when they see they have to pay £4.00, just to stay for two hours. Furthermore, will their prices reflect their free parking?
How progressive of the Council to give Businesses 2 free parking passes. While frightening off visitors whom the traders (Businesses) rely on. Instead of placing a staggered parking charge depending on how long you wish to stay. When businesses have two free passes, spaces will be occupied from when businesses open until they close. On a rough estimate along the high street area, 30 businesses equal £240.00 per day; alternatively over a 6-day week will £1440.00 that is assuming Sundays are free from charges. If not then we have £240.00 to add. !440 + 240 = £1680.00 per week which is a £87,360.00 per annum. Therefore, we have these businesses being subsidised by the Council to approximately £2912.00 each. I will gamble that visitor will not stop when they see they have to pay £4.00, just to stay for two hours. Furthermore, will their prices reflect their free parking? Lord Newbold
  • Score: 3

2:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

According to the Gazette advert yesterday the charges are: First hour free, up to 2 hours £1, Up to 4 hours £2 and over four hours (up to 6pm) £4. The over night charge is 50p. Hardly Draconian and well in line with what you pay in other tourist hot-spots.
According to the Gazette advert yesterday the charges are: First hour free, up to 2 hours £1, Up to 4 hours £2 and over four hours (up to 6pm) £4. The over night charge is 50p. Hardly Draconian and well in line with what you pay in other tourist hot-spots. Reginald47
  • Score: 4

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