Latest on proposals for car parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park - The Bromsgrove Standard

Latest on proposals for car parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park

Bromsgrove Editorial 21st Dec, 2022   0

AN INFORMAL consultation on whether car park charges should be introduced at three Lickey Hills car parks has now been completed and those results are now being analysed by Birmingham City Council.

The answers to the poll, which ended on December 4, will be used to decide the next stage but if charges are a step closer, then a full formal consultation will be held.

An  informal consultation evening at the end of last month was held where a presentation was given by the project team, followed by a lengthy question and answer session.

The car parks where charges would be introduced to include the one at Warren Lane, near the Visitor Centre, Beacon Hill, off Monument Lane, and the one off Rose Hill, serving the Old Rose and Crown Hotel and golf course.




Beacon Hill and Rose Hill car parks have been identified as having safety concerns and are in need of major investment.

All three car parks are in Worcestershire and within the area administered by Bromsgrove District Council.


The car parks would be free for the first hour of the day when they open – from 7am to 8am.

After that, the proposed pricing structure would be 50p for up to one hour, £2.20 for one to four hours and £3.30 for four hours or more (including all day).

Season tickets would be available for £52 and disabled blue badge holders, along with volunteers who gave their time, would be able to park for free.

People who live in Monument Lane expressed their concerns about the potential for on-road parking once charges were introduced.

The Project Team said it was mindful of the potential impact of displacement parking on residents who live near the country park.

Traffic management surveys on specific roads will take place before and after the implementation of charging with the data collated determining the impact of displacement parking on surrounding roads and which restrictions would need to be introduced.

The meeting was told that cash raised from the parking charges would be invested in the country park, after fees had been paid to the company responsible for managing and enforcing the parking.

A considerable amount of funding would also need to be spent on making the Beacon Hill and Rose Hill car parks fit for purpose and that investment would need to be ‘paid back’ from the revenue generated.

It was mooted that, because of this, it could be some time before any cash was invested in the park.

 

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