A HUGE rise in some car park charges is being planned by Wrexham Council.
In a number of cases, the increases being proposed are by as much as 100 per cent.
The authority’s executive board is to discuss the proposals when it meets on Tuesday.
The car parks involved include the library, Market Street, St George’s Crescent, St Giles, Waterworld, People’s Market, Crescent Road.
Among the proposals, at the library, operational seven-days-a-week, the changes would involve a stay of up to one hour going from 60p to £1; a stay between one hour and two hours rising from £1.20 to £1.50, and the evening charge would rise from 50p to £1.
Rhosddu Road car park is currently classified as no charge for disabled only, and that would remain the same under the new proposals.
Free parking in the People’s Market and Crescent Road car parks would move from noon to after 3pm.
A report to members of the executive board from Cllr Bob Dutton, lead member for the environment, emphasises the importance of parking to the economy.
Cllr Dutton writes: “Effective parking management is critical to the delivery of efficient and improved services while ensuring Wrexham remains a vibrant and economically prosperous place through this difficult and challenging financial climate.
“As part of the continual analysis and review of parking in Wrexham, revisions to the existing parking charges and tariff structures are proposed to address changes in demand for parking in Wrexham.”
The recommendation is for the meeting to approve the plans subject to completing all the necessary statutory procedures.
If the proposals receive the green light, they will come into force from February 3 next year.
Cllr Dutton’s report says: “In recognition of the current demands for parking in the council’s town centre car parks, officers in consultation with the lead member, have undertaken a review of the existing tariff structures and charges in line with the adopted 85 per cent occupancy principle.
“As part of this exercise, consideration has been to the need to try and strike a balance between conflicting objectives and interests – ie, income generation, supporting economic regeneration/prosperity and promoting more alternative sustainable transport access.”