The cost of car parking in South Holland is set to go up – but it’s unclear yet by how much.
South Holland District Council issued a statement this afternoon saying the authority is looking into increasing car parking charges as well as introduce tariffs for the Castle Sports Centre and Castle Pool in Spalding for those not using the centres.
The plans for parking in the district, including the increased parking charges, are due to be discussed at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, October 29.
The authority says the charges will enable it to make improvements including extending car parking provision in Spalding, create more parent and baby spots, as well as add electric vehicle charging points.
An SHDC spokesman, said: “This is the first time South Holland District Council has changed its car parking pricing structure since 2009 and the Council believes added investment in car parking provision will make a marked improvement to what already is well-maintained and successful car parking provision.
“At the moment, car parking tariffs in South Holland are the lowest on average when compared to other local districts in Lincolnshire and Norfolk. The district will continue to offer free of charge parking during evenings and on Sundays and bank holidays.
“Another key aspect of the changes is to ensure fair car parking provision across its sites at both the Castle Sports Centre and Castle Pool. Working with its leisure provider Parkwood, the Council will be seeking to invest in the car parks, offering more spaces and ensuring that users of the leisure facilities can park on site by introducing charges to non-users.
“South Holland District Council recently invested in its car parks by introducing new pay machines which gives a greater flexibility in payment options, including the ability to pay by cash and card. Further investment could see the introduction of a mobile phone app as another option to pay.”
Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council Portfolio Holder for Place, believes that the proposed increases in car parking in Spalding are necessary and will be supported by residents who want to see improved service, better provision and greater availability.
“Any increases in charges for residents for whatever service the Council provides is never taken lightly and we are aware that some residents and retailers may have some concerns. What I would say is that we currently offer the lowest car parking charges in Lincolnshire and our prices have been static for ten years now, despite the increasing costs of provision.
“These increases mean we can continue to invest in better car parking facilities for the benefit of everyone and offer increased provision, lighting, signage and bays for parents with young children.”