Question 28/16


Question 28/16

Q. I was wondering why RDC needed to squander over £1200 giving free parking on Gibbet Marsh to tourists in support of the Christmas festivities in Rye? Every year my permit goes up by 20% to park my vehicle on this car park. What can't the same generosity be shown to local taxpayers? We're told every year that charges needed to be raised above inflation to maintain car parks. Why couldn't parking charges be as normal and the council earn badly needed cash? (12/12/2016)

A. Rother District Council supports it local communities over the festive period by providing concessions on parking charges for three days a year, this has been an historic agreement and granted by Elected Members, the various Chambers of Commerce and Town Teams across the District select the days and both residents and local businesses along with visitors to the area benefit. The policy to provide these concession days are reviewed periodically, with the last review seeing the number of days reducing from seven to three. As the only long stay car park in Rye Gibbet Marsh is included as part of this offer.

The parking permits available within the various car parks across the District provide significant savings on the daily charges for parking, within Gibbet Marsh the parking permit provides a discount of over 60% compared to daily charges over a working year, and if used daily provides parking at just £0.80 per day.  In previous years permit charges were increased above the rate of inflation however in 2016 the increase was at the rate of inflation and for 2017/18 permit charges have been held at the current rate. (16/12/2016)

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