Dorchester Vault Parking Fee to Review
Car parking fees for the Sunday sales in Dorchester may be further reduced.
Changes to the Dorset Council parking fee from April 1 resulted in the shift of parking for the Sunday Shoe Sale in Fairfield from a free rate to a minimum of £ 4 – costing more to park on Sunday than when the Wednesday shopping market takes place.
Concerns have been raised that Sunday’s new charge will deter people from attending the trunk of the car that raises thousands of pounds for local charities every year.
But the chairman of the joint markets committee, Cllr Molly Rennie, revealed that talks are underway to reduce Sunday fees.
The problem is caused not only by the introduction of parking fees on Sundays, but also by the fact that sales of car shoes take place in the only area of the market where parking is cheaper, the point closest to the market. downtown, forcing visitors to make a long stay. area, or find street parking nearby or use other parking lots.
Cllr Rennie told Dorchester city councilors on Monday evening talks are underway with Dorset council officials, involving her, the committee vice-chairman and the town clerk to try to find a solution.
She said the current parking fee confused visitors who were unsure of whether to pay and, if so, how much, with some being misled by the lower prices on market day.
Parking for those attending the popular Sunday car shoe sales has been free for the past decade or so.
Residents had hoped the council would allow free parking for shoppers due to the charitable aspect of the sales, but Dorset Council said it wanted the same pricing system to apply across the county – and that he needed the money to help pay. essential services.
Fees for the Wednesday shopping market, at the same site, are £ 1 for up to two hours, £ 2 for up to three hours, or £ 4 for four.
City councilors have argued that the new Sunday fees will deter many from attending – leading to reduced charity payments at the end of the year and possibly the disappearance of car trunk sales.