Parking charges to increase in High Peak

Parking charges will rise by up to 50p in some car parks in the High Peak after councillors voted for the increase.

At a full council meeting held in the Pavilion Arts Centre, councillors voted in favour of the new budget which will see car parking charges go up.

Currently motorists pay £1.30 for one to two hours on car parks in Buxton Market Street, Place, The Slopes, Eagle Parade, South Street, Bridge Street and Slyvan Park - but this will go up to £1.40 from next month.

Another 20p will be added to stays of two to three hours and more than four hours will now be at £3.50 in some car parks.

The move has disappointed Councillor Matthew Stone.

He said: “Car parking rates will impact on business and residents pockets.”

Motorists who hold a resident parking permit will be given an extra free hour between 10am and 11am Monday to Saturdays.

Councillor Jamie Douglas said: “We need to help local people shop more locally not drive them to the supermarkets where there is free parking.”

In Glossop, parking for one hour will remain at 60p although longer stays will go up by 20p for four hours or more.

Temple ward councillor Emily Thrane introduced the proposal and said parking prices have been held for at least eight years.

She said: “We have held the entry level price tickets which is the largest proportion of tickets we issue.”

Councillor Lance Dowson felt the short-stay prices in New Mills were already too high, and the rise will see car parking go up to £2.20 for more than four hours.

He said: “We are a border town and rely on tourists, we are competing with Marple which is charging only 10p for one hour. Traders are living on a knife edge and this is bordering on a consumer disaster.”

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh said: “I am perplexed by this decision putting up the charge will be, in my assumption, no benefit to the people who live here.”

Councillor Tony Kemp responded, saying: “It has been kept low since the previous administration and we are talking about residents who should already have parking permits so it should not affect them.”

Reluctant support to the increased charges was given by Councillor David Lomax, for Whaley Bridge. He said: “Hitting the tourists is not a wonderful idea because we are a tourist town, however we are not over priced.”

Councillor Thrane added that reluctant support was still support and councillors voted 38 in favour and Councillor Ray Atkins abstained.