A decision on plans to increase parking charges in Cheshire East is expected in March.
The Council is to consider the representations made following its consultation on proposals to increase parking charges.
A total of 292 representations were made and each of these will be considered as part of the consultation process.
Each year, around £5m is generated in revenue from parking services across the whole of Cheshire East. The money invested in parking services, which is currently around £3m each year, is spent on:
● Enforcement services;
● Pay-and-display machines and maintenance;
● Residents’ parking services;
● Parking services; and
● Parking overheads.
This money is invested back into the parking service and enables the council to provide and maintain parking in town centres and other areas that are safe and secure. The additional revenue, generated from the parking services across the whole borough, is currently around £2m each year. This is part of the council’s overall income and as such is used to fund other services provided by the council, ensuring it can continue to deliver a range of essential frontline services.
Frank Jordan, executive director of place and acting deputy chief executive, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a representation as part of the parking charges consultation. All representations are now being reviewed and considered prior to any decision being made.
“The money that comes from car parks helps us to ensure our car parks are safe, secure and well maintained – and that there is a good turnaround of spaces for visitors and shoppers.
“In addition the revenue generated is invested into services elsewhere, such as highways, transport and other council services, such as adults and children’s social care. This helps us continue to deliver local frontline services to those who are most vulnerable in all our communities.
“This is helping to provide local services for real people in all our communities.”
A decision on the parking proposals is expected by March 2019.