Town Centre Parking

5 December.  Using its majority in the full meeting the Conservatives voted though price increases on the borough car parks (excluding the leisure and auxiliary car parks). In the 2011-12 financial year the borough raised a shade under £2 million from parking charges.  This produced a surplus of £990,000 after costs.  There are nine towns in Elmbridge yet Weybridge alone provided a surplus of £410,000 – nearly half.  Some car parks are free yet Weybridge’s car parks are the most expensive in the borough.  Monument Hill – the most expensive – raises £1,650 per space per year.  In many ways Weybridge’s problem is its very success.  Even at these prices most of Weybridge’s car parks are often full or nearly full whereas in other towns – even though they have lower charges they are often quite empty.

Surplus Cost/
Space
Revenue/
Space
Surplus/
Space
Molesey -£15,681 £386 £272 -£114
Walton £268,378 £380 £834 £454
Ditton -£17,208 £323 £176 -£147
Weybridge £409,126 £390 £1,034 £643
Hersham £77,454 £316 £524 £208
Esher £171,560 £456 £1,027 £572
Claygate -£24,489 £366 £181 -£184
Cobham £117,910 £438 £984 £546
Oxshott £1,714 £312 £370 £57
Elmbridge £990,404 £387 £778 £391

17 October.  The borough is considering proposals that will increase the cost of parking in Weybridge’s car parks.  I intend to meet with Cllr Dorothy Mitchell, the borough’s portfolio holder for highways and transport on Thursday.  If you have any thoughts or questions about off-street parking – either reply at the bottom of this page or contact me on andrew @ davroche.com.  The following is the current proposal.

 

Much of central Weybridge is taken up by off-street parking – marked red on map.

7 thoughts on “Town Centre Parking

  1. Parking is a form of indirect taxation. The country is in a meltdown and yet the council is increasing prices. In my opinion reading the replys from the people in the council they need to go and get some basic understanding of Econonics. Maybe I am wrong but it appears that we should kill the goose that lay the golden egg.

  2. Very useful and telling statistics. On this basis increase in Weybridge car parking charges is not defensible

  3. I agree totally with David Rylands’ comments. Does the borough think the public is stupid? I suggest it has not thought this through thoroughly.

  4. Putting up the charges is stupid – beware the law of unintended consequences, or in this case perhaps INTENDED consequences by the council. More people will be tempted to park inconsiderately and will block traffic or cause inconvenience for residents. Residents parking will be required on more streets – hey presto yet another revenue stream to the council. Leave it be!!

  5. I would suggest that some 50% at least of the parking areas highlighted on your map are private and not available to the public. It is dishonest to suggest that there is so much parking space available.

    The area around the old Focus store is completely blocked off, the area around the hospital os 50% reserved for staff, and north of the High Street, the largest area is Waitrose car park otherwise the rest of the areas are not open to the public at all but are loading areas for shops.

    A very dishonest presentation. We need much more public parking space or the town will continue to die. I live in the town but shop at Tesco or Brooklands where there is good free parking.

    • This map is not intended to show the availability of public parking but to show how much of the land is taken up by parking whether private or public.

    • its about time you remove all parking charges and get rid of the parking wardens and there managers stop creating jobs for the boys. You only move the car parking to Portmore Park Road, Oakdale Road, Thames Street, March Road, Fortescue Road, with more congestion and bad parking.

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