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Council Announce Price Hike For Car Park Charges

Thursday December 20 2012

BARNSLEY council has unveiled plans to increase parking charges across town which is expected to bring in an extra £100,000.

The decision-making cabinet approved proposals to increase car parking charges by ten per cent from April 1 next year - although the fees at Burleigh Street East and West car parks and Joseph Street will be reduced to encourage more people to use them.

A spokesman said: "The car parks have been little used since Barnsley Council staff moved from Wellington House to Gateway Plaza.

"Encouraging the use of these sites through reduced ticket charges, could relieve nearby residential streets of some daytime parking freeing up space for residents."

Cabinet members also approved a recommendation to include the CEAG site in the plans and turn it into a temporary short stay car park.

This will allow them to take enforcement action against anyone who shouldn't be parked there.

A final decision on the plans is expected to be announced by the full council at the January meeting.

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Reply Posted by Charles hemingway on Thursday December 20 2012 at 17:05
Town is almost empty now, this will drive more people away from shopping in town are they mad do they not see other towns are going more to free parking to get people to shop in towns

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Friday December 21 2012 at 18:31
Go on then Charles, give us the examples of other towns in this area that are providing more free parking bearing in mind that Saturdays are free in Barnsley and have been for along time. I do agree that paying for parking is a sore point with some but would you rather the £100,000 be put onto the Council Tax?

Reply Posted by John on Thursday December 27 2012 at 19:03
It might be a good idea to turn all of the car parks like the one next to the town hall into gardens. This would keep the many winos, methadone users and generally lazy sods who never intend to seek work happy whilst the rest of us shop elsewhere.

Reply Posted by dawn on Thursday December 27 2012 at 19:05
When was the last time u parked in town on a saturday..i work in town and believe me it IS NOT free

Reply Posted by John Lingwood on Thursday December 20 2012 at 18:35
Planet Earth calling the Barnsley Council - Could you please have a rethink?

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday December 20 2012 at 18:41
They should make short term parking (up to 2 hours) cheaper to encourage more shoppers & increase cost of all day parking to encourage people who are working in town to use public transport more to ease congestion.

Reply Posted by Mr Scargill on Thursday December 20 2012 at 19:19
All my shopping done at tesco, asda and meadowhall. Town is rubbish and run down. Why would i pay to have to park there?

Reply Posted by Autoshine on Thursday December 20 2012 at 19:37
That will be better for me my company is autoshine on lambra rd just behind the alambra my parking charge is £1 for 2 hours and £3 for has long has u want and my prices r stopping the same exept for football which is £4 but proper security

Reply Posted by David pek lund on Friday December 21 2012 at 17:00
We should start charging and ticketing all the skiving council workers sat in vans paid for by our council tax down alleys and industrial estates if they have time to sit there all hours theyre not needed get rid save 100 grand problem solved let punters park in town and boost barnsleys economy

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday December 27 2012 at 15:37
Not to mention their pensions. I did a stint at the Council and I couldn't stand the wasters who worked there - the laziest people ever.

Reply Posted by Donna on Saturday December 22 2012 at 14:47
The car parks around the Gateway Plaza being empty may be due to the fact that so many council workers use surrounding roads off Huddersfield & Gawber Road etc for free parking - making it nigh-on impossible for residents to park anywhere near their own homes!

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Saturday December 22 2012 at 19:58
Donna, The reference of the car parks being empty is about those on Burleigh Street off Sheffield Road, the car parks around Gateway Plaza are generally full. The problem around that side of town is exacerbated by the hospital and other people who work in town as well as Council workers.

Reply Posted by Macka on Sunday December 23 2012 at 00:57
"Cabinet members also approved a recommendation to include the CEAG site in the plans and turn it into a temporary short stay car park.

This will allow them to take enforcement action against anyone who shouldn't be parked there"

Does this mean the council own the old CEAG land and that currently enforcement action can't be taken against anyone parked on it?

What are the Council going to do with the Burleigh and Joesph Street car parks when a supermarket (S*******y?) is built on the old Delta Bowl site? The plot bounded by New Street, Thomas Street, Burleigh Street is about the size of Morrisons excluding the car parking, so surely the new supermarket will have to expand beyond this boundary. Where will all the residents of the skeleton building park if that ever gets finished?

Can't blame road tax paying workers for legitimately parking nearby on street rather than paying £5 car park fees. There has been no additional long stay public parking created near Gateway Plaza since its construction.

Reply Posted by marie on Sunday December 23 2012 at 21:14
More increases for workers in town, I soon won't be able to afford to go to work !

Reply Posted by Eric on Monday December 24 2012 at 16:06
Should it not be the opposite, reduce parking and get more people into town, thereby encouraging people to take on closed shops, and recovering the money from rates. You Councillors need to catch trains throughout it day, weeks, months, and see how many people go to Meadowhall, then there are people who go by car and bus. Give the Barnsley people what they want. SHOPPING MALLS with free parking. Carry on down the same old furrow and kill off Barnsley, by charging for parking.

Reply Posted by Alan Sephton on Thursday December 27 2012 at 09:12
Go on Barnsley councul. Why not close the town centre all together because the way your going on that's what's going to happen. We need people in the town so putting the car parksing charges up will drive people away. If you want to save. Hundred grand a year then start with your own toiwn hall and idle workers hiding down side streets doing nothing..

Reply Posted by Jules on Thursday December 27 2012 at 16:06
When my relatives visit us from Devon,I always take them to wakefeild for any shopping,simply because Barnsley town is filthy,run down and a disgrace!!! I don't even visit so the council can do what they want,when they want,got past caring quite honestly.

Reply Posted by Gemma on Thursday December 27 2012 at 21:23
People are not going to pay extra for parking, Barnsley council are going to kill off the town! People will go to places like meadowhall instead where you can shop all day for free. I know i do! Or shop online.

Reply Posted by Gemma on Thursday December 27 2012 at 21:24
*park all day for free.

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday December 28 2012 at 07:43
by contrast I was in Doncaster yesterday and the multi-storey on the left on he roundabout after the train station has a giant banner saying "park here all day for only £2" ....this is because Doncaster town centre needs all the encouragement it can get,.... not fleasing by its rulers

Reply Posted by Andy clegg on Friday December 28 2012 at 09:45
Try putting yellow lines round rideal hse it's a hazard cars driving toward on coming traffic theses cars would have use these car parks just like the staff at the hospital

Reply Posted by Charles on Saturday December 29 2012 at 11:27
I despair at the quality of the elected members. The lack of vision and business acumen appears to be a pre-requisite of being a councillor in Barnsley. The town needs dynamic leadership and to adopt a 'can do' attitude. I despair, I really do.

Reply Posted by sarah on Saturday December 29 2012 at 18:26
dawn if you drive towards morrisons but turn left at the roundabout there are 3 carparks that are free on saturdays i park there walk across the dual carriageway and into town but because no one seems to want to do anything about the theiving thats going off my money is going elsewhere in future

Reply Posted by Kim on Thursday January 3 2013 at 11:21
This will just increase the pasrking on side streets causing residents of the town centre to have even more major hassle trying to park outside thier own houses. But to be fair, the street where i live, its the workers at the police station and office buildings around that wait for you to leave in a morning, park atrociously taking up 2 to 3 parking spaces with their unthinking parking without a thought for the people who live there. parking should be free in town.

Reply Posted by Clare Taylor on Thursday January 3 2013 at 11:27
This will lead to more people parking illegaly.less people using the car parks so less money coming in.we need to encourage shoppers not send them elsewhere.

Reply Posted by mark on Saturday January 5 2013 at 22:14
parking should be cheaper for all town workers this would stop the parking on my street blocking my disabled space and reduce the car park fares too thus more people will drive into town creating more money and less for public transport who keep hiking there prices no matter what

Reply Posted by Diane on Sunday January 6 2013 at 12:05
There's not enough spaces to park anyway. It's easier for me to drive past town and go to Meadowhall and park for free! And now the car park next to the Town Hall is closed never to be opened again as a car park, but a garden instead. Somewhere esle for winos to congregate at night. Reduce the fees to get people back into Barnsley not drive them away. No wonder it's such a dump these days.

Reply Posted by K on Sunday January 6 2013 at 17:19
It's about time that Barnsley Council started to stand up and be counted by doing things to actually AID their patrons instead of driving them further away and making the place look like a ghost town.

It's becoming the case now where we actually need to look long and hard about a lot of things going on within the town - and what convenience and short/long term benefit it's going to have. There are places that are closing down and it's coming to the point now where people are starting to think that going into the town centre is not serving any kind of purpose other than just to walk through. It really does seem like a shadow of its' former self.

I challenge Barnsley Council to actually give us some sort of outline in regards how THEY plan to make this town something to remember once again. Not just on the experience of the place as a whole (where, to most these days, it's pretty damned dismal to say the least) but also to improve getting "self-started" businesses into the groove as well. I'm sure there are a LOT of people out there that would like someday to enter into a shop foray but because of the town as it is now, they're put off by it.

The town needs radical improvement in all ways. And it needs to be welcoming, not damning.

Reply Posted by Rodge on Sunday January 6 2013 at 21:59
Hopefully something more realistic than the ideas that were conceived by the consultants some years ago about Tuscan hill towns and Halo's of light !!! Bet all that cost a tidy packet in fees.

Reply Posted by faye osborne on Sunday January 6 2013 at 17:57
its easier for me to turn right and go down motorway to meadowhall and it does not cost me a penny to park there more shops why should i can on straight ahead to barnsley where there's less shops and you are going to charge me to park lol. you might as well knock town centre down and build affordable housing .

Reply Posted by tony heath on Sunday January 6 2013 at 18:03
My daughter lives on Keia Street and she as a car and 2 small childern and im disabulid and you can never get parked out side her house, Ihave a bule badge and i got a parking ticket just b4 xmas coz i was parked with 2 wheels on the cerb, i have asked people b4 when thay park and all you get is a mouth full from them and then thay say it dnut cost anything to park on this street.

Reply Posted by April on Sunday January 6 2013 at 18:37
Tony ^ at the end of the day people can park were (legally) they want to!
If the council did increase car parking... Would the council be able to regenerate it back into barnsley shopping or would it go to paying off debts or wages to the ever increasing higher management?

Reply Posted by andy on Sunday January 6 2013 at 18:59
at the end of the day if we were not paying for councillers that spend alot of time trying to look good by following the mayor around going on visits and trying to portay themselves as something they are not then the council would have more money to spend on the things that really matter like school crossing patrols and better roads that are not full of pot holes and road schemes that go on for months / years because no one has properly thought through the process of ownership rights Ie : - bottom of burton road / wakefiled road , some relatives of mine used to be councillers and they never got paid a thing they used to do it out of the shear passion of representing there areas that they lived in , I think it is about time that we all stuck together and said no more to this council and took control of the situation ourselves , I had my bin emptied over christmas but next door they were refused because they were informed that the bin was too full and the refuse men could not lift it to the wagon , excuse me but I thought they were on wheels so what is the issue , they do things wrong aswell because they should not be even working on the streets till after 8.00am in the morning and they have woken me up in the morning after a late shift at work when they have emptied my bin at 7.00am , get your own house in order first barnsley council before you start changing things that are going to ruin this town even further.