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Waveney car parking fees could increase

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:29 06 July 2010

Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be spent repairing and improving car parks around Waveney - but the price of tickets could go up.

Resurfacing, installing new lights and buying new ticket machines to improve the 32 car parks across the district could cost Waveney District Council nearly £400,000.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be spent repairing and improving car parks around Waveney - but the price of tickets could go up.

Resurfacing, installing new lights and buying new ticket machines to improve the 32 car parks across the district could cost Waveney District Council nearly £400,000.

As part of the council's annual car park review, which is likely to see some parking charges increase, a series of repair work has been proposed.

The biggest changes could be seen at the busy Clapham Road car park in Lowestoft town centre, where £98,000 of resurfacing is needed, and shingle could be completely replaced with tarmac at the Albany Road car park.

Proposed new car park charges, which will be unveiled at a council meeting on Tuesday, would help to pay for the much-needed work. If the suggestions are backed at the meeting, the council's cabinet will make a final decision on the whole scheme in September.

In Halesworth, £24,000 could be spent to replace the shingle with tarmac in the Station Road car park and another £98,000 bill could come for resurfacing the popular car park at Southwold Pier.

Car parks in Regent Road, Alexandra Road and Pakefield Road in Lowestoft all need resurfacing and new lights are needed in Scales Street in Bungay, Newgate and Hungate in Beccles and Albany Road in Lowestoft, where solar panels are being considered.

A report which will be presented to Waveney council's environment and regeneration scrutiny sub-committee at a meeting on Tuesday said: “The car parks review will review current and previous income from car parks in order to assess income trends, improvements that might be made in service provision in order to maximise use of existing facilities.”

The report also said that if repair work goes ahead, it will need to be scheduled at different times to make sure that there is still space for people to park

A council spokesman said: “This is all part of our programme of improvements. Whenever we say we are going to put car parking prices up, part of that is us trying to improve them and that money has to be generated from somewhere.

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