Rising cost of parking in Poole will ‘hugely damage’ small businesses, say traders

Rising cost of parking in Poole will ‘hugely damage’ small businesses, say traders

PRICE HIKE: Proposed rises in parking charges will negatively effect small businesses say critics

Simon Merry

Cllr Xena Dion

First published in News by

INCREASING the cost of parking at district shopping centres in Poole will have a hugely damaging effect on small businesses, claim traders and councillors opposing the rise.

In January the cabinet of Borough of Poole approved new parking rates which will see the cost of parking for one hour in district car parks increase from 30p to 40p from April 1.

Meanwhile, charges for parking in the town centre are set to decrease from 90p to 80p.

Following cabinet’s approval of the new tariffs, a group of Liberal Democrat councillors have challenged the proposed rise in district car parks, claiming businesses outside of the town centre will be unfairly penalised.

After winning the backing of the council’s Call-In Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the cabinet is now due to review the increased rates on March 18.

Vikki Slade, one of the six councillors who called-in the decision, said: “This increase, if introduced, could mean many residents will choose not to shop or use facilities in their local communities. In my own ward of Broadstone this could have a damaging impact on our small businesses, many of which are unique to the local area.”

She added: “This is totally unfair and discriminates against district centres.

“Why should they have to subsidise the town centre and be put at a disadvantage?”

Simon Merry, chairman of Broadstone Cham-ber of Trade and Commerce, said local businesses were concerned about the proposed 10p increase.

He said: “Broadstone tries to attract residents from the ward and surrounding areas and we are always looking to attract those who do their shopping online and those who go to places like Castlepoint. This won’t help that at all.”

He added: “We haven’t been consulted and we would like a professional review on the impact on the local and wider economy.”

During a meeting held on Friday, March 7, the Call-In committee agreed to take the matter back to cabinet.

A spokesman from Borough of Poole said: “The Call-In was only about one element of the tariffs outlined in the proposed pricing strategy ie whether to increase district car park charges by 10p an hour. Councillors felt they could not support this. It goes back to the next cabinet meeting scheduled for March 18.”

'It's about finding a balance'

Simon Harrison, interim president of Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said he sympathised with businesses affected but understood the rationale behind the decision.
“I think it’s never a good thing to see prices going up,” he said.
“From a retail point of view, raising parking charges will have an effect, it’s bound to, but it’s always about finding a balance between raising money for the borough in order to invest for the future and protecting local businesses.”

'Increases are reasonable'

The cabinet portfolio holder for transportation at Borough of Poole, Councillor Xena Dion, has defended the decision to increase rates at district car parks.
She said: “There is a large evidence base that people are more often attracted to a retail destination by a positive shopping experience rather than the price of parking.
“We believe these increases are reasonable and will not deter people from using our district shopping centres, which we know are visited by many people arriving on foot, by bus or bike instead of by car.”
Mrs Dion said the increases were being introduced to offset ‘unprecedented cuts’ currently facing the council.
“The council has to save £34.5million by 2018 which means making some difficult choices that will inevitably have an impact on our local communities,” she said.
“We cannot continue to expect the same services without looking to raise revenue in other areas.”

 

 

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12:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

skydriver says...

All of these so called do gooder councillors are ruining the towns in our area, from the east to far west of Dorset . Enough is enough , it matters not which party is in control they are all the same. Time now for this to change, so anyone know how we can collectively oust them ALL from office , days when folk just took all the decisions made by these people have gone we are now speaking out, we must not stand by and let these people walk all over us .
All of these so called do gooder councillors are ruining the towns in our area, from the east to far west of Dorset . Enough is enough , it matters not which party is in control they are all the same. Time now for this to change, so anyone know how we can collectively oust them ALL from office , days when folk just took all the decisions made by these people have gone we are now speaking out, we must not stand by and let these people walk all over us . skydriver
  • Score: 12

12:24pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Teddy 1 says...

Use the £350k income from marshes end land sale to plug the hole in the parking budget. Have the clrs also thought about the impact on the parking income when people dont park in their carparks. They always have this issue everytime they put car parking prices up. I would urge people to vote with their feet and not use the carparks!
Use the £350k income from marshes end land sale to plug the hole in the parking budget. Have the clrs also thought about the impact on the parking income when people dont park in their carparks. They always have this issue everytime they put car parking prices up. I would urge people to vote with their feet and not use the carparks! Teddy 1
  • Score: 14

12:30pm Fri 14 Mar 14

chrisii1991 says...

parking should be free for poole council tax payers
parking should be free for poole council tax payers chrisii1991
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Fri 14 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Staggering stupidity they really have not got a clue, talk about kicking small High Street businesses whilst they are down.

And now I hear that the bustling Castlepoint shopping centre are considering raising their car parking fees by 300% in response to this suggestion, their parking charges may therefore soon rise from zero to nothing!
Staggering stupidity they really have not got a clue, talk about kicking small High Street businesses whilst they are down. And now I hear that the bustling Castlepoint shopping centre are considering raising their car parking fees by 300% in response to this suggestion, their parking charges may therefore soon rise from zero to nothing! muscliffman
  • Score: 8

1:29pm Fri 14 Mar 14

mark.s says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
parking should be free for poole council tax payers
This wouldn't benefit me because I am not a Poole tax payer, but I would agree this is fair enough.
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: parking should be free for poole council tax payers[/p][/quote]This wouldn't benefit me because I am not a Poole tax payer, but I would agree this is fair enough. mark.s
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dibbles2 says...

Quote" In January the cabinet of Borough of Poole approved new parking rates which will see the cost of parking for one hour in district car parks increase from 30p to 40p from April 1.

Meanwhile, charges for parking in the town centre are set to decrease from 90p to 80p. "

Quote Vikki Slade"“Why should they have to subsidise the town centre and be put at a disadvantage?”

Do your maths dear the town centre rates have been subsidising your lower rates for years! Seems an awful lot of fuss for 10p an hour in my opinion. Do you really think its going to push people to the town centres and take away your trade? Get a life!
Quote" In January the cabinet of Borough of Poole approved new parking rates which will see the cost of parking for one hour in district car parks increase from 30p to 40p from April 1. Meanwhile, charges for parking in the town centre are set to decrease from 90p to 80p. " Quote Vikki Slade"“Why should they have to subsidise the town centre and be put at a disadvantage?” Do your maths dear the town centre rates have been subsidising your lower rates for years! Seems an awful lot of fuss for 10p an hour in my opinion. Do you really think its going to push people to the town centres and take away your trade? Get a life! Dibbles2
  • Score: -3

2:56pm Fri 14 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

I think its high time Councillors started working in the interests of local residents and businesses instead of making stupid decisions in a desperate bid to justify their allowances.
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The financial benefits to the Council of an increase of 10p an hour will be negligible but the impact on local businesses could be significant. A reduction of 10p per hour on town centre car parks will not encourage more shoppers as the town centre offers a mix of shops and services which compete directly with out of town retail parks.
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What Councillors fail to recognise is that the psychological impact of tinkering with parking charges (not to mention the cost of updating ticket machines and parking charge notices) is far more damaging to the local economy than the insignificant financial gains to the Council.
I think its high time Councillors started working in the interests of local residents and businesses instead of making stupid decisions in a desperate bid to justify their allowances. . The financial benefits to the Council of an increase of 10p an hour will be negligible but the impact on local businesses could be significant. A reduction of 10p per hour on town centre car parks will not encourage more shoppers as the town centre offers a mix of shops and services which compete directly with out of town retail parks. . What Councillors fail to recognise is that the psychological impact of tinkering with parking charges (not to mention the cost of updating ticket machines and parking charge notices) is far more damaging to the local economy than the insignificant financial gains to the Council. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

smhinto says...

The simple way out of this one is to convert to 'diddlyism' (oops sorry)
I meant become a traveller.
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Then one can park on any car park for free!!! and be free from prosecution. Simple!!
The simple way out of this one is to convert to 'diddlyism' (oops sorry) I meant become a traveller. . Then one can park on any car park for free!!! and be free from prosecution. Simple!! smhinto
  • Score: 7

3:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

RM says...

When Poole had a very cheap Sunday all-day parking rate I used to drive in & park up & wander round the shops. I always ended up buying something & usually ended up using something to eat as well. As the parking fees gradually increased I gave up & can't remember the last time I was there on a Sunday.
When Poole had a very cheap Sunday all-day parking rate I used to drive in & park up & wander round the shops. I always ended up buying something & usually ended up using something to eat as well. As the parking fees gradually increased I gave up & can't remember the last time I was there on a Sunday. RM
  • Score: 5

4:28pm Fri 14 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

Dibbles2 wrote:
Quote" In January the cabinet of Borough of Poole approved new parking rates which will see the cost of parking for one hour in district car parks increase from 30p to 40p from April 1.

Meanwhile, charges for parking in the town centre are set to decrease from 90p to 80p. "

Quote Vikki Slade"“Why should they have to subsidise the town centre and be put at a disadvantage?”

Do your maths dear the town centre rates have been subsidising your lower rates for years! Seems an awful lot of fuss for 10p an hour in my opinion. Do you really think its going to push people to the town centres and take away your trade? Get a life!
I agree - parking at the Dolphin Centre must be the cheapest paid parking anywhere
[quote][p][bold]Dibbles2[/bold] wrote: Quote" In January the cabinet of Borough of Poole approved new parking rates which will see the cost of parking for one hour in district car parks increase from 30p to 40p from April 1. Meanwhile, charges for parking in the town centre are set to decrease from 90p to 80p. " Quote Vikki Slade"“Why should they have to subsidise the town centre and be put at a disadvantage?” Do your maths dear the town centre rates have been subsidising your lower rates for years! Seems an awful lot of fuss for 10p an hour in my opinion. Do you really think its going to push people to the town centres and take away your trade? Get a life![/p][/quote]I agree - parking at the Dolphin Centre must be the cheapest paid parking anywhere billy bumble
  • Score: -4

4:37pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Tictock says...

Oh dear! How will Castlepoint find all the extra car parking spaces as yet more people desert Poole. Death by a thousand cuts comes to mind. Poor old Poole!
Oh dear! How will Castlepoint find all the extra car parking spaces as yet more people desert Poole. Death by a thousand cuts comes to mind. Poor old Poole! Tictock
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

dvdr says...

Do our councillors operate with eyes and ears firmly closed? Bournemouth has lost town centre trade because of increased car park charges, and Poole is now set to go the same way. The town should be supporting their traders, not looking to deprive them of custom by driving punters away - and there are traders NOT operating in the town centre who also need support. Broadstone is an excellent example, with a thriving small shop culture depending on local trade and attracting many to shop there.for everyday items and needing to stay only a short while to do so.
Do our councillors operate with eyes and ears firmly closed? Bournemouth has lost town centre trade because of increased car park charges, and Poole is now set to go the same way. The town should be supporting their traders, not looking to deprive them of custom by driving punters away - and there are traders NOT operating in the town centre who also need support. Broadstone is an excellent example, with a thriving small shop culture depending on local trade and attracting many to shop there.for everyday items and needing to stay only a short while to do so. dvdr
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Fri 14 Mar 14

boyerboy says...

Why don`t we ask our councillors to work on our behalf without drawing their allowances etc - it was not long ago that the TRUE locals who stood for council were willing and able to work for nowt / for the benefit of their local communities....and another thing if we scrap that stupid new bridge , just think how much money we will save???????
Why don`t we ask our councillors to work on our behalf without drawing their allowances etc - it was not long ago that the TRUE locals who stood for council were willing and able to work for nowt / for the benefit of their local communities....and another thing if we scrap that stupid new bridge , just think how much money we will save??????? boyerboy
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

calamity carney says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
Use the £350k income from marshes end land sale to plug the hole in the parking budget. Have the clrs also thought about the impact on the parking income when people dont park in their carparks. They always have this issue everytime they put car parking prices up. I would urge people to vote with their feet and not use the carparks!
You have fallen for it hook line and sinker! The travellers site at marshes end was a smoke screen all along. How lucky for the developer to get land on the cheap with the blessing of the residence. WAKE UP!!!
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: Use the £350k income from marshes end land sale to plug the hole in the parking budget. Have the clrs also thought about the impact on the parking income when people dont park in their carparks. They always have this issue everytime they put car parking prices up. I would urge people to vote with their feet and not use the carparks![/p][/quote]You have fallen for it hook line and sinker! The travellers site at marshes end was a smoke screen all along. How lucky for the developer to get land on the cheap with the blessing of the residence. WAKE UP!!! calamity carney
  • Score: -4

7:39pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cromwell9 says...

We have got to raise the money, to subsidise the over inflated Public Secter ,
If they had their way they would put the council tax up by 10%,wrather than make their staff work harder like we do in the Private Secter.
We have got to raise the money, to subsidise the over inflated Public Secter , If they had their way they would put the council tax up by 10%,wrather than make their staff work harder like we do in the Private Secter. cromwell9
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Hobad1 says...

Poole town centre and other district commercial centres are dying because of extortionate parking charges. This has been happening for years, yet no-one in "authority" (councillors) can see the cause. Perhaps its time for some out of the box thinking......such as trialling (for a period of 6 months or so) reducing car parking charges to, say, £2 for a day, for the whole day. And lets just see if it brings more customers to the shops. And if it brings more footfall, that will inevitably lead to more trade, which may lead to more shops opening, and our commercial centres expanding. Good for everyone. OR....we can just go along the preferred tried and tested route of the councillors of increasing parking charges, discouraging people from shopping in town centres, and putting more nails in the coffin. 'Cos thats worked to date hasn't it ?!! I'm speaking as someone who refuses to shop in my home town of Poole anymore, due to the high parking charges and lack of variety of shops.What is there to lose ?
Poole town centre and other district commercial centres are dying because of extortionate parking charges. This has been happening for years, yet no-one in "authority" (councillors) can see the cause. Perhaps its time for some out of the box thinking......such as trialling (for a period of 6 months or so) reducing car parking charges to, say, £2 for a day, for the whole day. And lets just see if it brings more customers to the shops. And if it brings more footfall, that will inevitably lead to more trade, which may lead to more shops opening, and our commercial centres expanding. Good for everyone. OR....we can just go along the preferred tried and tested route of the councillors of increasing parking charges, discouraging people from shopping in town centres, and putting more nails in the coffin. 'Cos thats worked to date hasn't it ?!! I'm speaking as someone who refuses to shop in my home town of Poole anymore, due to the high parking charges and lack of variety of shops.What is there to lose ? Hobad1
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Make the use of free parking at CastlePoint - that wont last forever. Despite there being no good stores there.
Make the use of free parking at CastlePoint - that wont last forever. Despite there being no good stores there. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

7:57am Sat 15 Mar 14

EGHH says...

Poole Council seems hell bent on forcing out shoppers to out of town stores or online shopping! Are they mad?
Poole Council seems hell bent on forcing out shoppers to out of town stores or online shopping! Are they mad? EGHH
  • Score: -1

8:55am Sat 15 Mar 14

steveatbournemouth says...

10p is not going to stop me parking in Poole districts. Councils have to find the money to pay for our Services, where do these moaners think it's coming from. It's so easy just to say get rid of Cllrs, anyone taking their place would have to make the same decisions, so please STOP this stupid take of electing Cllrs who will do what you want, it will not happen.
10p is not going to stop me parking in Poole districts. Councils have to find the money to pay for our Services, where do these moaners think it's coming from. It's so easy just to say get rid of Cllrs, anyone taking their place would have to make the same decisions, so please STOP this stupid take of electing Cllrs who will do what you want, it will not happen. steveatbournemouth
  • Score: -2

10:44pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Who cares? Parking is free at all Tescos, and Tower Park. Who needs the town centre to shop? It is even 'free' at Asda, if you spend a fiver.

Why fight the crowds in Poole?
Who cares? Parking is free at all Tescos, and Tower Park. Who needs the town centre to shop? It is even 'free' at Asda, if you spend a fiver. Why fight the crowds in Poole? Yankee1
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Sun 16 Mar 14

paul.p says...

Where's Poole?
Where's Poole? paul.p
  • Score: 0

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