Despite our best efforts representing concerns from our Bid Levy Payers to the Chichester District Council Car Parking Consultation to review car parking charges, we are dismayed at the decision to increase parking charges citywide. We recognise that this is only a 3% rise in line with inflation and the charges are an important revenue stream for CDC, however it is nonetheless a potential disincentive for shoppers to use our high street and to visitors who might experience our vibrant city.
Members of the BID team represented Bid Levy Payers at the CDC Parking Forum and our Chairman, Colin Hicks, attended the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, at which he put forward numerous alternative plans to try and incentivise parking so that shoppers and visitors were not made to feel ‘penalised’ for accessing the city. Sadly none of these solutions were accepted by the committee.
We are grateful to the support of 14 individual businesses who answered our call to take part in the Parking Consultation process by submitting your views via the Chichester District webpage.
The BID is still very much committed to finding workable solutions to the increased parking charges in the city, which our members, the business community at large and the general public have highlighted as a cause for concern. We will keep you up to date with any progress or feedback.
Our Chairman, Colin Hicks was recently interviewed by BBC South Today on the subject alongside Analogue October Records. See the full report here – https://bit.ly/37BSHWd