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Car park charges to increase across Powys next month

DURING the difficult budget setting process last month, Powys County Council’s cabinet agreed to increase some of the charges within the pay and display car parks across the county from April 25, 2023.

Whilst some of the shorter stay costs will rise, the fee to park in the long-stay car parks for the day (over four hours) and permits will remain the same, ensuring those using the car parks for work or residential parking are not penalised. Parking between 6pm and 8am will remain free of charge.

The current unprecedented economic conditions made balancing the 2023-2024 budget really tricky.” Explained Cllr Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys. “Budget pressures are being felt across the council, with every area working hard to reduce costs whilst still delivering quality services for the people of Powys.

“This is the first-time car parking charges within our pay and display car parks have risen for nearly four years. The increase has helped in a small way the council approve an overall budget with a below inflation increase in Council Tax and spending plans in the areas most in need, such as schools and services which support people at the most difficult of times.

“Income generated through parking charges is used to maintain and improve the car parks within Powys, ensuring that they remain fit-for-purpose, up-to-date and safe for all to use. This, along with the transforming towns agenda, has seen major improvements in many of our town centres to date, making them an attractive place to visit, not only for the people of Powys, but for our visitors too. This work continues with the adoption of town plans throughout the county.

“Our work to improve the active travel routes across the county continues at pace, and we are encouraged to see more people choosing to make short journeys in and around our towns on foot or by bike. Not only does this reduce the reliance on the car parks, it also proves incredibly beneficial to our health and wellbeing whilst reducing our carbon footprint and helping the environment.”

For car parking charges, please visit: https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/4696/Car-Park-Charges