Stop Poole Council doubling car parking charges

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Conservative council to raise car park fees by 150%

Liberal Democrat Councillors for Broadstone Mike Brooke and Vikki Slade have launched a campaign to stop the hike in car parking fees after the Conservative cabinet at Poole Council voted to raise the cost of parking by 150%.

Poole Council's Conservative Cabinet unanimously voted to raise the cost of parking from 40p an hour to £1 an hour in District shopping centres, even though this could have serious implications on the local shopping areas within the Borough.

The new charges, to be introduced in March this year, will affect car parks in Poole town centre, Broadstone, Penn Hill, Ashley Cross, Ashley Road and Canford Cliffs.

There will be no reduced Sunday rate, a new overnight charge in the town centre and at beaches, and a new peak season beach charge. The cost of an annual permit for District car parks is set to increase from £225 to £500, while the quarterly permit increases from £70 to £150.

The Conservatives on Poole Council justified the need for these increases to parking fees by saying that the council is investing £3.2m on the new Dolphin Centre car park so more revenue needs to be generated in order to pay for this. The council however already has a rather large parking charge surplus of over £2.5m, while other authorities of similar-sized populations only have surpluses of around £225,000.

Councillor Mike Brooke said: “Local shoppers have indicated they will no longer come to Broadstone. Instead they will go to locations where car parking is free or have a better retail offer for less cost. That means they will not be going to Poole town centre either.”

This hike in parking fees may have an even bigger effect on the village of Broadstone, who's shops rely heavily on the 'pop in visitor' buying a newspaper or a pint of milk.

Due to Broadstone's shopping area being so reliant on these 'pop in visitors' the dramatic decrease in footfall in the area will have a devastating effect on the local economy and will lead to more shop closures that many people in the area already know are at an all-time high.

Add your signature to the petition below to stop Poole Council raising car parking charges from 40p to £1 an hour and changing all other tariffs.

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  • signed 2017-02-19 21:07:39 +0000
    The charges will damage Broadstone businesses and therefore are detrimental to all residents.
  • signed 2017-02-15 16:25:09 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-15 12:37:32 +0000
    I am grandmother to two small grandchildren resident in Broadstone and regularly use the main car parks several times a week with them for nursery, shopping, library, swimming and many other activities. I feel this price increase is totally irresponsible and unjustified and will result in many people forsaking and harming the excellent local shopping area and community facilities. Broadstone is also sorely in need of additional safe car parking as the existing facilities are permanently full and all side roads totally and dangerously congested.
  • signed 2017-02-10 16:56:36 +0000
    I live in Broadstone and will often stop at the shops to pick up a few items. I hate the mess of the toast rack and this will only get worse. Like many I will end up doing my shopping elsewhere such as one of the major supermarkets that offer free parking, and no it won’t be in Poole Town Centre. To keep shops in the village and to reduce the pressure on the toast rack and nearby streets, surely they should be reducing the charge not increasing for short stays. I would suggest free for 30 minutes, then 40p to 50p for an hour with escalated charges beyond an hour. Increasing charges across the board will mean less revenue in the long run not more as people look to alternative areas with free parking.
  • signed 2017-02-09 12:16:15 +0000
    Alan Goswell
  • signed 2017-02-09 11:03:56 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-07 20:48:34 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-07 17:07:44 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-07 17:03:32 +0000
    Must be the first tax rise the Lib Dems have ever opposed! It’s sneaky to do this through Car Park charges rather than giving us a choice to vote on whether we want the money spent by raising our Council Tax. Thanks to the Lib Dems for leafletting or I would have been unaware of it.
  • signed 2017-02-07 16:25:49 +0000
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  • signed 2017-02-07 14:26:24 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-06 23:25:37 +0000
    Living in Broadstone I already have to accept the chaos caused by the toast rack parking. If the 2 car parks increase the minimum to £1,then I can see only 2 things happening. More people will block side roads and less people will come into the shopping area damaging local businesses. It’s just a ridiculous idea thought up by a bean counter with no common sense.
  • signed 2017-02-06 18:35:51 +0000
    Are they trying to kill BROADSTONE off,the150% car park price rise will close shops on the Broadway people will drive too where there’s free parking.
  • signed 2017-02-06 17:54:38 +0000
    David Robinson:-


    Poole council need to recognise that not all parking sites are the same, and should not all be subject to a common parking charge. Broadstone is an entirely separate location and community to central Poole: It has quite different community concerns going on, and quite different shopping habits and needs. Applying the same car parking charge to Broadstone as to central Poole shows that the Council have not understood the differing purposes and shopping habits, or the evening usage, of Broadstone as opposed to central Poole, in respect of car parking needs and usage. “The same size fits all” does not apply here, and it is disturbing that our councillors do not seem to recognise this. An increase in parking charges may not be avoidable, but it has to be reasonable, and the risk of creating another area of dead shops and ruined businesses is too great with the present proposals. Big Brother is not always the wisest counsel!


    I am no fan of the steady sniping between political factions attempting to show that “We are good, they are bad” , but I do want common sense to get a look in!


    David Robinson.
  • signed 2017-02-06 16:38:09 +0000
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  • signed 2017-02-06 13:58:41 +0000
  • signed 2017-02-06 09:51:12 +0000
    This hike of 150% is just not acceptable. It will definitely have a detrimental effect on the local economy and therefore Broadstone shopping area will become a thing of the past.
  • signed 2017-02-05 20:47:54 +0000
    I am a Broadstone resident with 2 small children and regularly use Broadstone car park for shopping, library, nursery and swimming and feel this price hike is totally irresponsible and unjustified!
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  • signed 2017-02-04 17:16:05 +0000
    How to kill a good shopping centre ,like Broadstone ,put up car parking charges,and give the big four super markets more trade !!!as people will go where the parking is free,this county makes enough from speed camera fines to reduce parking never mind put them up

    Silly short sighted councilors ,hit the motorist is all they can up with again !!!!!!!!!!!
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