Parking fees hike cost council £47k to change signs

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Changing pay and display machines and signs in Sheffield to implement new charges has cost the taxpayer almost £47,000.

The figure was obtained by Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrat councillors.

The council put up prices by up to 17 per cent, with on-street parking spaces around the edge of the city centre now costing 50p per half hour.

Central streets, which used to cost 65 pence per half hour, now cost £1.

Two big changes included the introduction of a flat £1 charge for parking on Sundays and drivers having to pay to park on-street until 8.30pm instead of 6.30pm.

Kevan Butt, Sheffield Council parking services manager, said: “Changes to signs and parking machines involved a total cost of approximately £38,000.

“In addition, there were costs for amending the machine tariffs, machine tariff notices, and car park notices, which amounted to £8,589.”

Coun Ian Auckland, Sheffield Council’s Liberal Democrat businesses spokesman, said: “City centre businesses have been fuming that Labour councillors have driven through yet another anti-business policy with these excessive parking hikes.

“Instead of constantly working against local business, the council needs to support businesses to help create jobs and build a stronger local economy.”

The council has not revealed what extra income was made from the increased charges.

When the hike in pay-and-display costs was introduced, Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, said the cost of parking in council-run car parks was being reduced to compensate.

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.