Berkhamsted motorists will be the hardest hit under car park charges review

Car parking charges review
Car parking charges review

Berkhamsted motorists will be hit the hardest by car park fee hikes with charges going up by as much as 70p.

A report presented to Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet said failure to amend the fees to cover increased operational and management costs would lead to an extra strain on general funds.

It said: “There is a need to identify budget savings and/or increase revenue income. The council faces significant challenges in producing a balanced budget over the next few years.

“Clearly income from parking charges offers an opportunity for appropriate increases in income, particularly in view of the modest rates currently being charged in comparison to other towns.”

The biggest increases will be in Berkhamsted’s St John’s Well Lane and Lower Kings Road car parks where parking for up to four hours will rise by 70p to £2.50, up to three hours will increase by 50p to £1.90, up to two hours will have 20p added on making it £1.20 and up to one hour will rise to 60p from 50p.

In neighbouring Tring charges are going up by a maximum of 20p for each time slot and in Hemel Hempstead some charges will stay the same.

Much of the Civic Centre car park will be closed under redevelopment plans for Hemel Hempstead but a small section near the health centre will remain open and be renamed Dacorum Way.

Permits for weekday parking will be introduced in some of the town’s car parks.

The changes, coming into force next year, were approved by cabinet. It is set to generate £70,000 in the first year.