Dundee City Council is proposing to take aim at drivers with inflation-busting hikes in car park fees, the Tele can reveal.
The cost of parking at some sites in the city is set to rise by as much as 50%, according to 2016/17 budget plans seen by the Tele.
Councillors plan to raise an extra £111,000 from the fees as they look to balance the books amid £23 million of cuts. The proposals have come under fire as being an “attack” on motorists.
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At West Bell Street multi-storey car park, a plan to hike stays of up to four hours by £1 to £4.50 — a rise of more than 20% — is one of several increases.
There is also a proposed rise in parking charges at the Greenmarket car park. Parking there for six to 10 hours could rise by £1.10 to £8.50, while prices could go up from between 10p and 40p in hourly increments for parking of up to six hours.
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At the city’s long-stay facilities, which include Hunter Street and at the Discovery, prices are set to rise by 30p to £4 for stays of up to four hours.
Meanwhile, at variable-stay car parks, such as the Olympia and Gellatly Street, the cost of parking could rise by 40p to £8.50 for stays of between six and 10 hours.
Shorter stays of up to two hours could go up by 10p, with increases for all other lengths of stay too.
Broughty Ferry could be among the hardest-hit areas — with the cost of a stay of up to one hour at car parks on Queen Street, Brook Street and Fort Street, all set to rise from £1 to £1.50 — a hike of 50%.
Longer stays of one to two hours would also rise from £1.60 to £2.
At Queen Street, a stay between two and three hours would go up from £2.10 to £2.50, with a stay of between four and 10 hours rising from £3.90 to £4.50. Parking at Dudhope Castle car park for any length of stay will rise by 50p to £4.
Parking on the street in the city centre could also rise by anything between 10p and 30p.
Residents’ parking permits are also set to increase — with the cost of a city centre permit rising from £73.50 to £77. Permits in the Ferry are set to go up by £2.50 to £55, and in Menzieshill, by 25p to £5.50.
Councillors will decide on whether to approve the charges at a meeting later this month.
Hugh Bladon, one of the founders of the Alliance of British Drivers, said: “This is another example of just how badly motorists are treated. Some people absolutely rely on their cars and to have all these increases in the cost of parking is an attack on the poor and I don’t like it at all.”
Some drivers in the city today hit out at the proposals. Jenny Healy, 30, a sales advisor from Ballumbie — who was parking at West Bell Street — called the price increase “scandalous”.
She added: “This will have an impact on people. It is already expensive and I don’t think it is the right way to go. There are a lot more things that can be increased before car parking charges for normal working people.”
Rebecca Gilchrist, 48, a senior sales advisor from Fowlis said: “It is bad enough already — I have to pay £89 every month just to get to work.
“We don’t get any help or subsidies. I think that working people who need to use them should be getting a discount, not more charges.
“I don’t think it’s fair to raise the prices of car parks for people who have no choice but to use them every day.”
Sarah Simpson, 38, an HR officer from Broughty Ferry, said: “It is convenient for me so I won’t go elsewhere but it is expensive already and now it will be even more so.”
Perth teacher Duncan Campbell, 34, said the costs would add up when times are already hard.
But he said he felt it was the only option for the cash-strapped council.
The council’s administration declined to comment on the specifics but insisted it was trying to be fair to everyone in a challenging time.