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Dorset Council Proposed Parking Charges
July 1 - July 16
Note to all Corscombe, Halstock and District parishioners and village facebook users
1. Dorset Council has been undertaking a county wide review on their car parking policies and charges. They have produced a report which is attached and which can be commented upon in a relatively short timescale.
2. In summary, they propose introducing a three tier charging system for Coastal, Town and Rural areas as well rationalising the current permit arrangements (does not include blue badges or health car permits). On street charging will also be stepped up, although it is not clear from the report whether that will include towns such as Beaminster.
3. If you have any comments, they can either be fed back to me at email@example.com by 5th July or directly to the Dorset car park office at firstname.lastname@example.org before 16th July.
4. The car park charging proposals will need to be ratified through Dorset’s usual Governance structures and, if approved, the charges and policy will apply from January 2022.
5. The review undertaken by Dorset Council is a comprehensive piece of work. My concern is that they have reached their conclusions from a “top down” point of view and have not considered the effect, particularly on rural communities who are heavily dependent upon the car (no/little public transport) nor the effect on rural shopkeepers and businesses.
6. It is also proposed to introduce a new Dorset Car Park permit for residents of Dorset Council.
Other eligibility criteria will apply. The proposed cost is £186 per annum. Other permits, such as Shoppers permit (currently £32 pa) will be phased out.
7. For anyone working in towns and needing to park, the proposed new permit would be beneficial. For weekly shoppers, it would be a significant rise in cost.
8. Should you have any concerns about the report, please send your comments in, preferably directly to Dorset Council, before 16th July.