DISTRICT councillors are due to meet next week to take a look at some of the final proposals for the on-going parking review, including a plan to limit parking times on Shaw Croft and to increase charges.
The authority wants to see its parking shake-up implemented by January and has published the results of a consultation that drew in thousands of responses from residents, traders and visitors.
Recommendations have now been made and compiled in a report listing what will be put before the authority’s Environment Committee in October and the proposals include a price increase of around 10 per cent.
A one hour parking stay in the district council’s car parks currently costs £1.20 but this could rise to £1.30 under the propsoed scheme. A four hour stay would rise from £4 to £4.40.
The two hour maximum stay in Shaw Croft Car Park would be retained and a four hour maximum stay for Shaw Croft would be imposed, which the authority hopes will increase turnover and reduce queues.
Auction Close Car Park would be renamed ‘Market Place Overspill Car Park’ and will then be designated long stay - along with the Leisure Centre Car Park and King Edward Street Car Park.
A new tarrif of £1 for overnight stays would be introduced at the new long stay car parks.
There is no indicated intention to charge for parking at Cokayne Avenue and the residents’ free parking permit looks to have survived the axe - with a charge introduced for a second permit in a household.
The Car Parking Review Sub Committee is due to examine and discuss the plans at its meeting on Monday in the Town Hall, Matlock and the Environment Committee will meet to consider the recommendations in October, ahead of a second meeting in November.
A special meeting will then be called in December when the new policy is due to be endorsed, ready for its implementation on January 1, 2014.