Weymouth Parking Charges - Protests Tonight

Shellie Hind

Published at 7:23am 23rd July 2015. (Updated at 3:58pm 24th July 2015)

Further protests take place in Weymouth tonight against the high price of parking in the town.

Further protests take place in Weymouth tonight against the high price of parking in the town.

Last month a petition signed by more than a thousand people was presented to the Borough Council.

The protest was organised by the Chamber of Commerce with support from Weymouth BID and local guest house owners.

Now residents are being asked to turn up to Weymouth Pavilion and voice their concerns.

Michelle Hind, President of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce "Your Chamber needs YOU - together we are stronger, please join me at 7pm at the Pavilion Ocean Room, Weymouth on Thursday 23 July to show your support for lower parking charges in Weymouth & Portland." 

Ms Hind went on to say " By supporting this petition we can make a stand against the rise in parking charges which are used for revenue by the local authority.  This practice is controversial and does not accord with the Governments recommendations to not do this.

It could be seen that our local authority regards themselves in such high regard that they can make decisions without taking the Governments recommendations into consideration?  I am urging our council officers and members to think outside of the box, be radical and revolutionary - what about taking the long term approach to bridge the gap in revenue by generating income from solar panels installed in car parks or possibly introduce a small scale trial of renewable technology .  Now is the time to invest in Weymouth & Portland by maintaining a realistic parking charge structure that balances with revenue generation, maintenance of assets and its wider economic, social , health and environmental duties and objectives."

The petition was organised by Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce, with the support of Weymouth BID and local guest house owners.  

In 2014 the car parking charges in Weymouth and Portland were cut significantly, to encourage more people to come into the area.  

After just one year, the council says that this change has made no difference to the numbers of people using the car parks, and they want to raise the charges to generate more income.