£1 an hour parking trial extended

£1 an hour parking trial extended


Worthing Borough Council are extending the cheap parking trial in the town centre multi-storey car parks for another three months.

The three month reduction from £1.70 to £1.00 an hour ran from April 1st to June 30th and applied to the High Street, Grafton and Buckingham multi-storey car parks.

Leader of the Council Paul Yallop challenged Worthing residents to ‘use it or lose it’ and initial indications show a positive response.   Worthing Borough Council says some weeks have seen a 35% increase in use – usually when the schools are on holiday.  The last week of the trial saw a 26% increase in use and 7% increase in revenue.

Cllr Yallop said at last night’s Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee  the indications are good but it is early days.  The Leader was cautious following the recently late declared budget overspend on theatres of £484,000 which took the Cabinet by surprise.

Worthing Borough Council also advises reserves set aside against possible failure of the trial have not been used as yet.