MOTORISTS have reacted angrily after a hike in parking fees at a Wrexham shopping centre.
Some parking prices at the Eagles Meadow car park, which is leased and operated by Vinci Park UK, have gone up by as much as 30 per cent in recent weeks.
Parking for up to two hours has gone up by 50p to £2.50 with fees for up to three and four hours increased by the same amount.
The evening parking tariff from 6pm has increased by a third to £2 and parking over four hours has gone up by £1 to £7.
It comes just weeks after Wrexham Council approved an increase in parking costs across the town by as much as 100 per cent.
It also saw the removal of the popular ‘free from midday’ scheme which will now be pushed back to after 3pm.
People have now raised fears that the increases could lead to people shopping elsewhere.
On the Leader’s Facebook page, Emma Cameron said: “It's a disgrace. I work on the site. Even for the staff it’s gone up.
“For a week [it’s] £10 and a month £30. No wonder the shops are quiet when you can go 15 minutes down the road to Broughton and you get all the shops in one place and parking is free.”
Lorraine Wycherley said: “Such a large car park at Eagle's Meadow – why can’t it be a lot cheaper half of the time? There’s hardly any cars in there and people would stop parking in Tesco and Mecca Bingo and walking over.”
And Jason Cambridge said: “It’s just another nail in Wrexham’s coffin. If they want to help shops and get people shopping in Wrexham, then drop the price – or better still have free parking.”
Eagles Meadow centre manager Kevin Critchley said: “It’s an important distinction that the car park is leased by Vinci as effectively it means we have no internal control over the car park.
“I’ve had a few verbal comments about the increase and a few staff members have asked about it. I think the Odeon have also contacted Vinci as it effects the evening parking tariff.
“It’s worth baring in mind the costs incurred by the company are not going down – such as business rates, lighting and staffing.
“They can’t keep carrying those costs. If they don’t increase prices, they go out of business.”
Vinci Park UK were unavailable for comment.