Local people are being asked to have their say on the options to review car parking charges in Wiltshire to help safeguard public transport and other services, with a consultation now underway.
Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We don’t want to increase parking charges, however the cost of operating car parks is rising as is the cost of public transport, and without income generated from car parks we could lose many vital bus services. “We are therefore asking local people and businesses how the extra funding could be found. We really are open to any options and welcome comments and ideas. “It’s important that we strike the right balance in our towns and city and how they are accessed. We need to focus on improving the environmental impact caused by vehicles, along with the need to cover the cost to provide car parking services and the funding other services.” The proposals will also allow investment in a number of technological and operational improvements to improve customer service. These include automatic number plate recognition for residents’ parking zones, static cameras outside schools to improve safety and body worn cameras. The consultation provides an opportunity for people to feedback their views on the options.