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Rushcliffe car parking charges set to be frozen for a third year

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Car park prices across Rushcliffe are set to be frozen for a third year running.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet passed it’s 2020/21 budget setting report on Tuesday (February 11) that included the proposed freeze, recognising the continued pressures on the local retail sector close to many sites.

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Charges have not increased since 2017.

The authority says that its strategy is balancing the needs of local businesses and motorists in each location as demand changes, structuring daytime parking tariffs to meet the various needs of visitors and shoppers during the day.

Motorists can still park for free at all car parks after 8pm each evening and usage has increased at sites across the Borough in the last 12 months.

The cashless RingGo scheme is also available at car parks across the Borough, allowing users an even easier way to pay for parking or extend their stay via its mobile app, website or phone service.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance and Contracts Cllr Gordon Moore said: “We launched our Off-Street Car Parking Strategy in 2018 with a focus on supporting the right balance of duration, charging and other factors to support local economic prosperity.

“The popularity of our car parks continues to highlight we are striking the right balance and listening to feedback from retailers and local motorists.

“Charges are not set to increase for a third year and we continue to reinvest back into this service with for example lighting, resurfacing, new ticket machines and improvements for more attractive facilities at Needham Street car park in Bingham.”

Full Council will now vote on the budget report at a meeting on March 5.

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