Parking charges to rise by ten per cent in Dudley

PARKING charges in Dudley are set to rise by ten per cent, council bosses have confirmed.

The price increases were approved by Dudley Council’s cabinet committee on February 12 as part of a £34million package of cuts that will hit council services over the next three years.

Transport chiefs are still working on exactly what the new charges will be; they say the new tariffs will be determined by new pay and display machines which are due to replace 52 outdated machines on car parks across the borough.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, Dudley’s cabinet member for transportation, said: "We are looking at around a ten per cent increase on car parking charges this year in line with the agreed budget strategy for 2014/15, which still leaves us as one of the cheapest places to park in the Black Country.”

However - Dudley's Tory leader, Councillor Patrick Harley, hit out at the proposed parking charge increases, saying: “At a time when the economy is rapidly improving - this is not the time to choke off the High Street recovery in Dudley with sky high car parking charges."

He said if the Conservatives seized back control of the council they would look to scrap short stay parking charges altogether.

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7:12pm Tue 18 Feb 14

imgoingbarmy says...

Well, it's like everything else about Dudley Council - pretty weak and unimaginative. Merry Hill is still free and although I hate the place with my all, I'd rather go there than Dudley.

It's no good being one of the cheapest places to park in the Black Country if no-one wants to shop there.

Why not, just as an idea, scrap all parking charges for twelve months, draw people into the towns, and let them spend freely? Trouble is that with Dudley town centre, no one wants to go there. How about returning the Civic Centre back to a car park, rather than the waste of space it is now? It could even become a bus station again! At least it would be used.
Well, it's like everything else about Dudley Council - pretty weak and unimaginative. Merry Hill is still free and although I hate the place with my all, I'd rather go there than Dudley. It's no good being one of the cheapest places to park in the Black Country if no-one wants to shop there. Why not, just as an idea, scrap all parking charges for twelve months, draw people into the towns, and let them spend freely? Trouble is that with Dudley town centre, no one wants to go there. How about returning the Civic Centre back to a car park, rather than the waste of space it is now? It could even become a bus station again! At least it would be used. imgoingbarmy

7:14pm Tue 18 Feb 14

imgoingbarmy says...

And I won't even go into the ludicrous ideas they have for charging people to park outside their own homes at RHH!
And I won't even go into the ludicrous ideas they have for charging people to park outside their own homes at RHH! imgoingbarmy

7:36pm Tue 18 Feb 14

dudley old boy says...

Well done Dudley Council,lmao
Well done Dudley Council,lmao dudley old boy

7:44pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Sam Vimes says...

The meeting went something like this. So, footfall in all our towns is continuing to fall inexplicably. People say it's because we keep putting the parking charges up. What do we think? "Dunno", "ooh my shoes are shiny", *gallic shrug*, "We could increase parking charges?". Brilliant idea, Dave! That's settled then. What's on the menu for my taxpayer paid for dinner this evening?

Wait, we have to think of a solution for people parking on residential streets instead of using the town car parks. What do we think? "My shoes really are very shiny", "We could charge the residents to park?". Dave, you're on fire tonight. First round is on me. Make sure I get a receipt though for expenses.

"That could work at the hospital. Those money grabbers are forcing people to park on residential streets there too by over charging sick people to park. Parking permits for residents would be a cracking little earner" Dave, I think you're channelling the gods.
The meeting went something like this. So, footfall in all our towns is continuing to fall inexplicably. People say it's because we keep putting the parking charges up. What do we think? "Dunno", "ooh my shoes are shiny", *gallic shrug*, "We could increase parking charges?". Brilliant idea, Dave! That's settled then. What's on the menu for my taxpayer paid for dinner this evening? Wait, we have to think of a solution for people parking on residential streets instead of using the town car parks. What do we think? "My shoes really are very shiny", "We could charge the residents to park?". Dave, you're on fire tonight. First round is on me. Make sure I get a receipt though for expenses. "That could work at the hospital. Those money grabbers are forcing people to park on residential streets there too by over charging sick people to park. Parking permits for residents would be a cracking little earner" Dave, I think you're channelling the gods. Sam Vimes

11:41pm Tue 18 Feb 14

deanperks@live.com says...

10% increase on parking charges! £95 per household charge on streets around Russell's Hall Hospital for parking permits because of parking charges at the hospital forcing those that can't afford the charges to park in residential areas.
This Labour council is as spineless as its predecessors. Time for some scrutiny and real opposition to these hair brained schemes.
Time to vote UKIP come May 22nd to introduce some common sense to Dudley council
10% increase on parking charges! £95 per household charge on streets around Russell's Hall Hospital for parking permits because of parking charges at the hospital forcing those that can't afford the charges to park in residential areas. This Labour council is as spineless as its predecessors. Time for some scrutiny and real opposition to these hair brained schemes. Time to vote UKIP come May 22nd to introduce some common sense to Dudley council deanperks@live.com

10:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

dudley old boy says...

There's still 3 Councillors to a ward , in times of austerity surely 2 would suffice. Oink oink.
There's still 3 Councillors to a ward , in times of austerity surely 2 would suffice. Oink oink. dudley old boy

1:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

The Villan says...

dudley old boy wrote:
There's still 3 Councillors to a ward , in times of austerity surely 2 would suffice. Oink oink.
Totally agree with you.

There is no need and no justification for 3 councillors per ward.

But who will change it? Those already in power!
[quote][p][bold]dudley old boy[/bold] wrote: There's still 3 Councillors to a ward , in times of austerity surely 2 would suffice. Oink oink.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. There is no need and no justification for 3 councillors per ward. But who will change it? Those already in power! The Villan

3:38pm Sat 22 Feb 14

QBforever says...

Not forgetting our "cash strapped" council could still afford to give themselves another 1% rise on top of the 25% a few years before. The couldn't careless about the towns in Dudley. All they care about is Merry Hill Centre/Waterfront. They won't give free parking to attract people into our town centres, but they are planning a subsidy scheme for the Waterfront! Lowest car parking charges? Yeah because we the worst towns in the Black Country. Compare Dudley with Walsall, Wolverhampton or West Bromwich. All much better than Dudley.
Not forgetting our "cash strapped" council could still afford to give themselves another 1% rise on top of the 25% a few years before. The couldn't careless about the towns in Dudley. All they care about is Merry Hill Centre/Waterfront. They won't give free parking to attract people into our town centres, but they are planning a subsidy scheme for the Waterfront! Lowest car parking charges? Yeah because we the worst towns in the Black Country. Compare Dudley with Walsall, Wolverhampton or West Bromwich. All much better than Dudley. QBforever

4:00pm Sat 22 Feb 14

dudley old boy says...

Park up Blackacre road it's only a little walk to the town, your cars wont get damaged there either it's now a no through Rd.Just watch the little side Roads round the estate you have a good chance of getting your cars bumped.
Park up Blackacre road it's only a little walk to the town, your cars wont get damaged there either it's now a no through Rd.Just watch the little side Roads round the estate you have a good chance of getting your cars bumped. dudley old boy

10:03pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Russell Eden says...

As a heart patient I've travelled from Stourbridge to RHH a lot in the last year. I rarely go in the car. The 246 from Stourbridge is excellent ; I walk to Stourbridge to catch it and it drops me at the door. I don't need to find a space. I don't need to pay to park, and I don't need to queue to pay to park. If I don't go on the bus I cycle there. Yes, I have a heart problem and I cycle there. Needless to say, I don't have any sympathy at all for the whinge bags complaining about car parking charges at RHH. It's not compulsory to go everywhere in the car. Use your brain and seek out better alternatives.
As a heart patient I've travelled from Stourbridge to RHH a lot in the last year. I rarely go in the car. The 246 from Stourbridge is excellent ; I walk to Stourbridge to catch it and it drops me at the door. I don't need to find a space. I don't need to pay to park, and I don't need to queue to pay to park. If I don't go on the bus I cycle there. Yes, I have a heart problem and I cycle there. Needless to say, I don't have any sympathy at all for the whinge bags complaining about car parking charges at RHH. It's not compulsory to go everywhere in the car. Use your brain and seek out better alternatives. Russell Eden

11:43pm Sun 23 Feb 14

The Villan says...

Halo for Russell!

But what if you're disabled and need to use a car? Are you classing those as whinge bags too in your all encompassing sweeping statement?

That's uncalled for and unclear in your self-appreciating comment.
Halo for Russell! But what if you're disabled and need to use a car? Are you classing those as whinge bags too in your all encompassing sweeping statement? That's uncalled for and unclear in your self-appreciating comment. The Villan

11:52pm Sun 23 Feb 14

The Villan says...

Plus, that is not the sort of rhetoric you want to hear from a perspective future councillor.
Plus, that is not the sort of rhetoric you want to hear from a perspective future councillor. The Villan

7:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Russell Eden says...

No issue with blue badge users parking the hospital. My point is that there are loads of supposed 'healthy' people travelling to the hospital for one reason and another. They need to discover that there are other ways to get there, and that the car isn't their only option.

I'm not a prospective future councillor, and neither do i take lectures from people who hide behind pseudonyms.
No issue with blue badge users parking the hospital. My point is that there are loads of supposed 'healthy' people travelling to the hospital for one reason and another. They need to discover that there are other ways to get there, and that the car isn't their only option. I'm not a prospective future councillor, and neither do i take lectures from people who hide behind pseudonyms. Russell Eden

10:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

The Villan says...

I wasn't lecturing Russell, I was commenting on your sweeping statement that lacked detail and was rather generalised in it's content. That was why I wrote in the first place.

If I choose to use a pseudonym, like many thousands of users that is my business. That does not make my comments any less valid or deserve a childish response.

I may have used the wrong word, or was it a Freudian slip? bearing in mind it meant 'point of view'.
I wasn't lecturing Russell, I was commenting on your sweeping statement that lacked detail and was rather generalised in it's content. That was why I wrote in the first place. If I choose to use a pseudonym, like many thousands of users that is my business. That does not make my comments any less valid or deserve a childish response. I may have used the wrong word, or was it a Freudian slip? bearing in mind it meant 'point of view'. The Villan

12:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sam Vimes says...

Perhaps RHH, and maybe even the councils can start levying a small charge for laying on cycle parking facilities. That way it wouldn't seem like car users are simply seen as fair game for the pumpage of cash.

But in a world where drivers are defined as brainless, with an ironic lack of thought, there is little hope.
Perhaps RHH, and maybe even the councils can start levying a small charge for laying on cycle parking facilities. That way it wouldn't seem like car users are simply seen as fair game for the pumpage of cash. But in a world where drivers are defined as brainless, with an ironic lack of thought, there is little hope. Sam Vimes

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