Sunday fees arrive in Bath as part of parking permit shake-up

The days of free Sunday parking in over 1,000 on-street parking spaces in central Bath are numbered.

While not yet finalized, the seven-day fee was part of a series of measures approved by cabinet members in July, along with emissions-based fees for residence permits and a major overhaul of parking arrangements for hotels.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has previously consulted on the measures – designed to encourage the adoption of low-emission vehicles – but residents and businesses can comment on proposed traffic control by-laws until November 11.

Here’s what’s on the cards.

Sunday fees

There are over 1000 street parking spaces in Bath which charge from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. The same charging times should be introduced on Sunday.

The council had previously said the extra charges are expected to bring in an additional £ 85,000 in the first year.

The 10% discount offered to Bath residents when paying for city street parking should be removed.

Emissions-based fees

In Bath, permits currently cost £ 100 per year for the first and £ 160 for the second, while in Keynsham residents pay £ 40 and £ 50 respectively.

The council says some residents will see a significant increase in the cost of their permits – depending on the vehicle’s emissions, they will cost £ 50 per year or up to £ 400 for the more polluting diesels.

However, as part of a trial until March, drivers of zero-emission vehicles will be offered licenses for just £ 10 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other permit costs are also expected to increase over the next three years.

Permit eligibility

In most areas of Bath and North East Somerset, residents are entitled to a maximum of two parking permits.

Under the new proposals, residents with a driveway, garage or other private off-street parking within the perimeter of their property will be able to obtain fewer permits than those without.

Hotel parking

The council had previously said it wanted to end the abuse of permits issued to hotels – which could earn up to £ 2,600 a year on an £ 80 permit by charging guests daily for their use.

Under the proposals, tourist accommodation will be distributed in interior and exterior areas. In the inner area, permits will only allow parking in the council’s long-term car parks at Avon Street, Charlotte Street and Manvers Street, while in the outer area hotels will be charged £ 15 for 24 hours for each permit .

Hoteliers have warned the move will hurt business and lead to unnecessary extra trips by car. One hotel in the outer zone estimated its annual parking permit bill would drop from around £ 1,700 to around £ 68,600.

New hotels, guesthouses and vacation rentals will not be able to apply for a permit once the TRO is sealed, which is expected to happen in early January.

Hotelier Harry Tedstone told cabinet members in July that they were giving Airbnb operators an unfair competitive advantage because they can use their resident visitor permits to park guests on the street for little or no additional charge.

Permits for doctors and nursing assistants

The council said in November it wanted to crack down on doctors and caregivers, who it said abused their cheap parking permits for commuters.

The consultation states: “Medical and social care parking permits are designed to allow home visits to patients in the course of their work and should not be used for daily or commuter parking on public roads with traffic controls. parking.

“This means parking near a regular workplace, such as a surgery or doctor’s office.

“Even when taking care of patients in a doctor’s office, before going for a visit or when returning to work after a visit, the medical parking permit should not be used.

“Vehicles observed in the vicinity of the user’s practice or usual medical practice may be accompanied by a penalty notice and the permit may be canceled. “

The cost of permits is expected to drop from £ 60 to £ 100.

Disabled berries

Vehicles that load or unload, including scaffolding vehicles, can currently be parked in disabled bays.

The council plans to remove these “involuntary exemptions” so that spaces are only available to blue badge holders.

What the board said

Councilor Manda Rigby

Councilor Manda Rigby, a member of the transport cabinet, said: “The changes to street parking charges are part of a much larger ambition to improve air quality for Bath and North East Somerset, to make pricing fairer and to encourage people to take air quality into account. when they buy a car.

“We haven’t increased parking fees for residents for eight years. This will rebalance the supply of on-street parking in favor of residents rather than visitors.

“We did a consultation in April and listened to residents and businesses before cabinet made its decision in July.

“We have a legal obligation to publicize any TRO and invite the public to comment, so we now invite people to express their support or objection to the TRO and give their reasons.”

Visit to respond to the consultation.

The gradual implementation of the proposals will start in January.

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