Parking charges in Stamford look set to rise, except for motorists who stay for less than two hours.
South Kesteven District Council is reviewing its short and long-stay car park charges in a bid to off-set a drop in income from them.
The changes would be good news for shoppers making quick visits to the town, with some charges being reduced in the short stay car parks in Bath Row, North Street, Scotgate, and St Leonard’s Street.
Drivers staying up to 30 minutes would pay 40p instead of the current 50p; for one hour they would pay 60p instead of 80p; and for up to two hours they would pay 90p instead of £1.30 .
But drivers staying longer in the short-stay car parks would have to pay more. The fee for up to three hours would go up from £1.80 to £2; for up to four hours the charge would go from £3 to £5 and for more than four you would pay £6 instead of the current £4.
All charges in the council’s two long-stay car parks – Wharf Road and Cattle Market – would be increased.
A stay of up to three hours would go from £1.80 to £2 and up to four hours would go from £2.50 to £2.80.
Drivers who park all day – mainly workers in the town – would be charged £3.30 instead of the current £3.
The review follows the introduction of parking wardens in December last year, when Lincolnshire County Council took over on-street enforcement powers from police.
According to a report to the district council’s resources policy development group, the increase in wardens has caused “significant” changes in ticket sales in both the short and long-stay car parks.
Council officers predict the authority could lose £89,000 per year as a result of drivers’ changing habits in Stamford unless ticket prices are reviewed. Officers predict the proposed changes would bring income back to the pre-civil parking enforcement level without generating any additional profit.
The plans will be considered on November 1.