Penrith parking charges hikefor first time in eight years

Date: Friday 21st December 2018

PARKING charges are set to rise for the first time in eight years at Eden Council’s car parks in Penrith.

From next April, charges from two to 10 hours parking are set to increase by between 4.2 and 6.1 per cent — with the one-hour fee set to rise by 30 per cent from £1 to £1.30 to bring it in line with the corresponding charge in the Princes Street car park.

Tthe cost of parking from 8am to 6pm at Bluebell Lane, Drovers Lane and Sandgate will be increased to £2 for two hours, £3.50 for four hours, and £5 for 10 hours.

The increases, which were agreed at a services portfolio meeting, are said to be the first since April, 2011.

Plans to install permanent card payment machines for long-stay parking at the authority’s car parks are under consideration, a meeting of the authority’s environment and economy scrutiny committee was told.

Adrian Todd (Con, Orton with Tebay), services portfolio holder, said options for upgrading car park machines to take card payments had been researched and a report will be coming to the council next year.

With regards to car parking charges, there will be no increase to the cost of season tickets, as these increased significantly in 2017-18. Appleby’s Broad Close car park also escapes any price hike.