Image: the parking meter on Broad Street in Nottingham city centre.

Nottingham City Council has announced plans that would see the current 8am to 8pm charging period extended by two hours from Monday to Saturday.

Parking charges on Sundays would also be changed to match the rest of the week.

Video: the council’s proposals explained

So how would this affect the pockets of the public? As highlighted in the map below, there are three parking zones in the city.

Image: parking zones in Nottingham (zone 1 in blue, zone 2 in red, zone 3 in green)

The council wants to scrap the 50p per half an hour charge, except in Zone 1, as well as getting rid of the evening rate, again except in Zone One. In its place there would be a fixed fee of £2 between 8pm and 10pm.

“there’s more demand for on-street parking than spaces available”
Councillor dave liversidge, portfolio holder for transport

Councillor Dave Liversidge, portfolio holder for transport says: “Nottingham has changed since our on-street parking offer was first introduced with an increasingly vibrant night-time economy and established Sunday shopping facilities.

“As a result we’re regularly finding there is more demand for on-street parking than spaces available.

“This leads to people driving around looking for a space, which adds to congestion and increased levels of harmful vehicle emissions, as well as a poor experience for visitors looking for short stay parking in popular city centre locations.

“We need to encourage a higher turnover, especially in the city centre and this proposal aims to make parking as simple as possible by maintaining the same pricing structure seven days a week, from 8am until 10pm.”

Audio: members of the public have mixed reactions to the proposals

Current onstreet parking charges in the city centre
8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday:

  • Zone 1 – £1 per half hour
  • Zone 2 – 50p per half hour
  • Zone 3 – 25p per half hour

6pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday:

  • Zone 1 – £2
  • Zone 2 – £2
  • Zone 3 – £1

8am to 8pm Sunday

  • Zone 1 – 50p per half an hour
  • Zone 2 – £1 For 3 hours, £2 all day
  • Zone 3 – £1 For 3 hours, £2 all day

The authority is encouraging members of the public to get in touch with their views on the proposals – via writing or email – before March 1st.

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