The introduction of revised prices at five car parks in the district will come into place on Monday 4th September.
Four car parks in Blaby and one in Narborough will see an increase in parking charges.
From next week, Johns Court, Enderby Road and Weavers Court will all cost 30p for up to two hours. Wigston Road in Blaby will cost £1.50 to park all day. Residents permits will still be available in all four car parks.
Monday’s changes will also see Narborough Station cost £5 to park for the day, with season tickets priced at £450.
The Council currently manages 22 car parks in the district, a service which currently runs at a deficit of £82,300 (2015/16.)
In addition to the new pricing, eight car parks are planned to transfer over to Parish Councils to help fill the gap.
All ticket machines will be updated and car park signs amended to reflect the new pricing.
Blaby District Councillors have approved plans to change car parking provisions in the District.
The plans include eight car parks being transferred into the ownership of Parish Councils, as well as small price increases at four car parks, and the introduction of a charge at one car park in Narborough.
Blaby District Council currently operates 22 car parks in the district, with the current deficit running at £82,300 for 2015/16.
The Council consulted residents and stakeholders between February and May for their views.
Following opposition to plans included in the consultation for Croft’s Winston Avenue car park, the proposals were changed to ensure Croft Parish Council were transferred all of the land.
Seven other car parks in five villages (Countesthorpe, Enderby, Kirby Muxloe, Stoney Stanton and Whetstone) will be transferred to the Parish Councils.
Options on the disposal of the land for two car parks in Glenfield will be explored after the Parish Council rejected the transfer of the car parks into their ownership.
Narborough parking cost increases
From 04 September 2017, the Railway Station car park and Weavers Court in Narborough will see price increases, as well as the introduction of a 30p charge for the Car Park on Leicester Road.
In Blaby, Johns Court, Enderby Road and Wigston Road will see an increase of 10p.
All car parks supporting parks, countryside areas and leisure facilities in the district will remain free-of-charge to encourage their use.
Important community assets should be “cost neutral”
Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Health Improvement, Leisure and Regulatory Services, said:
“The Council recognises that car parks play an important part in promoting the vitality and viability of town centres, and assisting residents and businesses.
“However, car parks cost the taxpayer over £82,000 per year and we would like this to be a cost neutral service.
“These plans ensure we keep car parks as important community assets and do not take away parking provision in the parishes. This will also secure the future of each plot of land for car park usage in the medium-term.”
The Station car park and Weavers Court in Narborough are two of four car parks across Blaby district which have retained a national award recognising their high standards and safety.
Inspectors from the British Parking Association and the Police assessed that the car parks across the district of Blaby met the requirements of the Park Mark Awards – part of the nationwide Safer Parking Scheme.
The awards recognise management and maintenance of the car park, checking that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. There are currently nearly 5000 car parks with the Park Mark® Award throughout the UK
All these are known to reduce the opportunity for crime, creating a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.
The other successful car parks in the district of Blaby are Enderby Road and Johns Court.
Michael Gardner, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, said:
“We recently conducted the annual assessments of Blaby’s four previously Awarded car parks which deservedly achieved the Park Mark Award for a further 12 months.
It was great to see that the standards had been maintained and the improvements that had been completed since the last visit were the benefit of their many customers.
This was testament to the hard work and investment that had taken place to achieve the Award, and should be congratulated”.
“The scheme celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Reaching this landmark birthday is due to organisations being committed to achieving high standards and it shows they care about their customers’ experiences.”
Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services at Blaby District Council, said;
“It’s important people can feel safe parking up and leaving their vehicle when they visit our district. The standard for these awards is very high and it is very pleasing to see these car parks have achieved that standard.”
Christmas shoppers visiting Blaby and Narborough will be able to park for free on Saturday December 7 as part of a campaign to boost business for local shops in the run up to the festive season.
Blaby District Council is supporting the Small Business Saturday campaign and offering free parking in council run car parks in Blaby Town Centre and Narborough village to encourage people to shop local and stay longer.
Councillor Tony Greenwood MBE, portfolio folder for Planning, Economic Development and Housing Strategy, said:
“The first Saturday in December is always known to be one of the busiest days for Christmas shopping.
“This year we are encouraging people to swap the busy queues and traffic for some more relaxed retail therapy in our local centres. There’s a host of special gifts in store from local independent shops and free parking means you can stay longer at no expense.”
This national campaign is organised and promoted by the Forum of Private Business and is supported by Blaby District Council as one of a range of initiatives used to boost and regenerate local centres.
For more information contact Carole Troake, Economic Development Officer at Blaby District Council on 0116 2727735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Leisure Park in Braunstone, Leicester has scooped a prestigious police award for helping to reduce car crime in the city.
The car park at the leisure venue on Lubbesthorpe Way has been awarded a Park Mark certificate. Park Mark is a national initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as part of its Safer Parking Scheme to reduce crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.
The award, managed by the British Parking Association, is granted only after a stringent ACPO inspection is carried out to ensure key measures are in place to make the car park as safe as possible for the public.
For customers of the Meridian Leisure Park, the Park Mark sign means that the area has been vetted by ACPO and has measures in place to create a safe environment
At the Meridian Park, a dedicated security team monitors CCTV cameras 24-hours a day and regularly patrols the car park. The layout of the car park does not give any easy cover to thieves.
PC 1955 Martin Aston, neighbourhood officer for Thorpe Astley, said:
“For visitors to the Meridian Leisure, the Park Mark award adds real value as it is important for customer confidence to know that car crime at the venue is low.”
Park Manager David Eden said:
“We are delighted to have won the Park Mark award which is granted only after a stringent police inspection and is well earned recognition of the hard work put in by our security team and the measures we use, such as CCTV, to monitor the park day and night.
“Having Park Mark status gives our customers the confidence of knowing that they and their cars are as safe as possible, which is vital if people are to relax in a leisure environment.”
Michael Gardner, Area Development Officer for the Safer Parking Scheme, said:
“The Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark award is a police initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in car parks. Meridian Leisure Park car park has now achieved that award yet again, having been in the scheme since 2006. Its operators should be congratulated for providing an accredited car park for their customers.”