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Tuesday October 03, 2017 WC consultation on car park charges.

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Should they be increased?

People are being asked to have their say on the options to review car parking charges in Wiltshire.

Cllr. Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We don’t want to increase parking charges, however the cost of operating car parks is rising as is the cost of public transport, and without income generated from car parks we could lose many vital bus services.

“We are therefore asking local people and businesses how the extra funding could be found. We really are open to any options and welcome comments and ideas.

“It’s important that we strike the right balance in our towns and city and how they are accessed. We need to focus on improving the environmental impact caused by vehicles, along with the need to cover the cost to provide car parking services and the funding other services.”

The consultation provides an opportunity for people to feedback their views on the options.

The consultation is available at and will run until midnight on 23 November.

Of course, with many of the Trowbridge WC car parks being poorly used, the logical step, from a business point of view, would be to REDUCE the fee in order to generate a higher usage.  Somehow, I can't see WC taking that decision....