Car parking consultation update
We got the meeting, our members were able to directly challenge the decision making process and we had a frank and full exchange of views.
For the first time the BID brought councillors and officers together to face questions from town centre businesses about proposed increases in car parking tariffs.
There was an overwhelming consensus that it is imperative to make the town centre more attractive to visit - and that increasing car parking charges will do the opposite.
Businesses were vocal in their request for parking charges NOT to be increased, with numerous alternatives discussed and presented.
Rob Purdie, BID Executive Director, spoke at this week's meeting: "We were told too late about this proposal and need to be involved at the early stages in these types of consultations. Raising car parking costs is a reason for people not to come into the town centre. The depth of feeling in this room demonstrates how deeply our BID businesses feel about this issue."
The outcome of the meeting is that the borough council agreed that if the BID forms a small working group it can sit down with council officers in the next week to see if any alternative approaches to the proposed charge increases can be considered.
We will keep you updated with any developments.