Ashby motorists could be affected by proposed car parking changes as council launches survey

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

10th May 2024 | Local News

The North Street car park in Ashby. Photo: Instantstreetview.com
The North Street car park in Ashby. Photo: Instantstreetview.com

Ashby drivers are facing a number of car parking changes if plans proposed by North West Leicestershire District Council go ahead.

Residents and visitors to North West Leicestershire can now have their say on proposed changes to parking charges in council-owned car parks across the district.

North West Leicestershire District Council has launched a public survey as the first stage of its car parking review programme.

Among the suggested changes in and around Ashby are:

  • Charges increased in Ashby to be in line with similar charges in neighbouring district and borough councils
  • Two hours' free parking in all council car parks across the district - except Ashby - with charges applied after this
  • North Street and South Street car parks in Ashby changed to become short stay
  • A new long-stay car park at Money Hill in Ashby, including an electric vehicle charging hub.

The council says the review is part of its wider work to maintain its financial stability and ensure its services are as efficient and cost-effective as possible in the face of a predicted £2million funding gap expected by 2028.

Feedback from the survey will help the council to understand how drivers currently use its car parks, and how they will be affected by proposed changes.

The survey is open now and runs until June 2 HERE.

Councillor Michael Wyatt, Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Climate Change at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "The results of this survey will tell us more about how people use our car parks across the district. It will also give us useful feedback on the changes we're proposing.

"We want to simplify the way we charge to park in our car parks, making it easier for people to visit our town centres for work, shopping and leisure.

"As part of our car parking review, we're also planning to introduce new electric vehicle charging points – meaning our car parks will be fit for purpose for years to come."

     

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