People are not going to be terribly thrilled about these proposed car parking hikes for Cornwall Council car parks in Bude. The full details of proposals for the whole of Cornwall may be seen here.
Currently, 1 hour of parking costs 70p at Crescent, Crooklets and Summerleaze car parks in the summer, but this is proposed to rise to a massive £1.40, a rise of 100%. Meanwhile, parking at The Wharf and the Post Office is currently 50p for an hour but the proposal is to raise this to £1.40 – or a crazy 180% hike. Costs at Widemouth Bay would also rise.
This would be seven days a week but tariff points would drop. Currently, all car parks are chargeable to 6 pm but proposed changes are 9 am – 5 pm, with winter parking at Crescent and Summerleaze Beach payable until 4 pm.
The Council is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of parking charges across all of its 133 pay and display car parks, with the aim of having a more simplified charging structure. To be honest, it looks like just another way of hitting workers, tourists, and shoppers.
Throughout Cornwall, as town centres struggle, raising parking prices simply makes them less attractive to visitors, so impacts upon businesses.