Bank holiday parking free in Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield city centre parking fees are changing
Sheffield city centre parking fees are changing
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On-street parking in Sheffield city centre will still be free – for at least four days a year.

Fees have been introduced on Sundays but Sheffield Council said it will not charge on Bank Holiday Mondays – including the two over the coming month.

The August Bank Holiday and Easter Monday will also remain free.

Fees will apply on Good Friday and holidays on other days of the week.

But Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, warned that the new on-street charges for Sundays and in the evenings between 6.30pm and 8.30pm will start to be enforced from May 13.

For the last fortnight since signs and meters were changed to show the new operating times, and for the next 10 days, ‘advisory notices’ will be issued to motorists who do not buy tickets.

Coun Bramall also said single yellow lines on which parking is banned during the day will have their times extended to 8.30pm instead of 6.30pm.

But he added that much cheaper rates for parking at the council’s city centre off-street car parks has started.

Charges at the car parks, which have around 900 spaces in total, have been reduced to a maximum of £5 per day – down from as much as £9.30.

The change is a cut in fees of almost 50 per cent, Coun Bramall said.

Maximum stay restrictions have also been removed – except at Wellington Street and Carver Lane where the council needs to change planning consents.

Coun Bramall said: “We are doing all we can to offer competitive parking rates which is why we have reduced charges for off-street parking.

“Unfortunately with the huge Government cuts to our budget we have had to introduce charges on Sunday.

“But this will be at the low rate of £1 per day.”

Businesses have complained about the 17 per cent rise in fees for on-street parking on Mondays to Saturdays – fearing it will drive away trade.

Coun Bramall said off-street car parks are close to most of the city centre and that the new charges are ‘simpler’ so people do not have to use five and 10p pieces.

Sheffield’s meters do not accept new versions of the coins.