Ealing Parking Charges Rocket

Prices go up but council makes Sunday shoppers' concession

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It's going to cost even more to park in some parts of Ealing this year as the council increases charges for a third year running.

All day zones residents’ passes have now increased from £45 (2010) to £80 (2013) – up 78%.

Two hour zones residents’ passes have gone from £25 (2010) to £50 (2013) – up 100%.

The latest rises were £77.50 (2012) to £80 (2013) and £45 (2012) to £50 (2013) respectively.

Some visitor’s vouchers have gone from 40p for 3 hours to 60p an hour. A rise of 350%.

The all day voucher is going up a £1 to £4.50 Originally this cost £1 - a rise of 350% in 3 years.

Parking in West Ealing in Arden Road, Dean Gardens, Singapore Road, Witham Road goes up from £1 - £1.50 for the first hour's parking (then £1 per hour afterwards)

The Council is making one concession in an attempt to encourage weekend shoppers to Ealing Broadway. From April 1 visitors will now be able to park all day on Sunday at Springbridge Road car park for £1. On Saturday, they will be able to park for £1 an hour or £3 for the whole day. The weekday charge will remain at £1 an hour

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “We have cut the weekend car parking charge at Springbridge Road in response to a request from local businesses. During these tough times, we want to make it easier for people to come into Ealing town centre to visit our shops and restaurants and the price reduction will encourage people to do this. “Where prices have risen in our other car parks, we’ve tried to keep the rises as low as possible and be as fair as we can.”

The Conservatives say the council increased its income from parking charges 43% two years ago, then charges rose again and are up once more on 1st April - three rises in three years. They say the current administration will have doubled parking income by the time they have finished.

Opposition spokesman for environment and transport, Councillor Phil Taylor says: '' The Conservatives froze parking charges for four years. Under Labour they are planning to double their income from parking charges making all day CPZs very expensive to visit in the process. For people with care needs £4.50 a day is a real racket.''

The new charges are available at www.ealing.gov.uk/parking and will be applied from Monday 1 April.

* The new charges for council-owned car parks for 2013/14 are

Ealing Broadway: Springbridge Road: weekdays: £1 per hour, Saturday: £1 per hour, £3 all day, Sunday £1 all day.

Perceval House: weekdays: Free after 5pm, weekends: £2 all day

West Ealing: Arden Road, Dean Gardens, Singapore Road, Witham Road: £1.50 for first hour, then £1 per hour. £10 all day.

Acton: Churchfield Road: 60p per hour for first three hours, then £1.20 per hour

Salisbury Street: 80p per hour.o Hanwell: George Street: 60p per hour. £2 all day.

Perivale: Perivale Station: £3 all day.

Southall: Hamborough Road and Herbert Road: weekdays £1.50 per hour, weekends £2 per hour. Norwood Road 1 and 2: £1 per hour.

Featherstone Terrace: £1 per hour. £4 all day. Greenford: Greenford Broadway: 70p per hour for first two hours, then £1 per hour.

South Ealing: South Ealing Road: £1 per hour.

March 15, 2013