This week Lisa has attended the car parking strategy meeting. The council are proposing to increase parking tariffs by between 25 and 50% to address a deficit in their budget of £180.000.
The BID felt this increase was not reasonable or fair, as we question the legality of raising car-parking charges as a way of meeting a specified budget deficit. It was also felt that the benchmark used to justify the increases was not well enough researched, as no evidence was offered to illustrate how successful other areas were at generating income; the occupancy of the car parks or the financial situation of that area.
All of the proposals went to the HUB meeting on the 6th February and we are awaiting feedback. We have requested information regarding the occupancy of all of the carparks in Tavistock and projections of what occupancy levels would need to be to raise £180,000. The Council currently spend £200,000 a year on running the car parks. We have requested a breakdown of how this money is used.
Both Cllr Debo Sellis and Cllr Robert Oxborough, West Devon Borough Council, along with the Chamber of Commerce all supported the BID’s proposals to maintain or lower parking tariffs in Tavistock.