PARKING charges are set to rise in Solihull town centre and Shirley – with the council expecting to make an extra £280,000 a year.
From September motorists will be typically charged an extra 20p per band across the borough and the free option in Shirley car parks has been cut to just one hour.
The changes in tariffs are set to be approved at the cabinet member for transport and highways meeting tomorrow (July 22).
In Solihull town centre, the increases will apply at car park facilities at Church Hill/Dominion Court, Monkspath Hall Road, Mell Square, Lode Lane and Marks and Spencer’s are calculated to boost council funds by almost £203,151 a year.
In Shirley it has been agreed to do away with the three hours free parking and charge visitors 50p to stay up to two hours and £1 for staying between two to three hours.
Solihull Council figures show these changes could boost its annual income by around £80,990.
The plans faced fierce opposition when more than 1,650 people including residents and councillors and signed a petition launched by Shirley West Councillor Tim Hodgson calling to keep three hours free at off-street car parks parks in the town.
The car parks affected are Church Road and Red Lion Square, behind Iceland and Aldi on the Stratford Road.
Carl Newman and Paul Tovey, council officers from the transport and highways department, noted the impact of the tariff changes would be closely monitored.
Their report added: “The impact of both the planned change in Solihull and Shirley will need to be closely monitored and if they do not generate the required level of additional income then the Council would have to consider making further changes to the parking tariff from April 2020.”
The report presented to councillors ahead of the meeting identifies the key pressure continues to be retail performance of local high streets, and competition from internet and out of town retail developments.