I have been vocal in voicing my dissatisfaction over Leeds City Council’s plans to review evening and Sunday car parking charges across the City Centre. I would like the Council to think carefully before introducing charges on evenings and Sundays. At a time when high street shops are closing down in record numbers, the Council’s strategy should be to stimulate growth, and encourage more visitors to the City Centre. It is the wrong time for such a change. It also comes at a time when alternative provision such as Park and Ride facilities and public transport, is inadequate.
The Council sites loss of revenue through car park charges due to a decrease in numbers of people using pay car parking as a reason for increasing the payment days and times. My view is that by discouraging people by increasing charges on days when leisure activities feature on people’s agendas we will hit the local economy further – even less income coming to shops and leisure outlets through less custom.