Season ticket parking for Lower Street in Stansted set to rise

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 January 2017

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A parking charge is set to rise in Stansted at the beginning of January 2017, with drivers paying £200 more each year for season passes.

Uttlesford District Council is planning to increase an annual season ticket pass for commuters not employed locally parking in Lower Street Car Park, from £420 to £620, or £320 from £220 for a six month pass.

As part of the change, car parks in Saffron Walden, Dunmow, Thaxted, and Stansted which currently finish operating tariffs at 6pm will now finish at 5pm.

The Saffron Walden Common car park maximum stay is increasing to three hours, in a compromise for campaigners, after it was changed from four to two hours earlier this year.

Public notices have appeared announcing the intention to change, and reminding anyone wanting to make an objection or representation to do so in writing by 5pm on January 27. It should reference Off-Street Order 2017.

Susan Barker, deputy leader of Uttlesford District Council, said Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council had requested the increased season ticket charge to alleviate pressure on the bays in Lower Street, which had been significantly cheaper than the station car park – meaning there should now be a more even distribution of cars across both car parks.

She said there had been talks before the changes were proposed.

Councillor Barker added: “We would much rather help with events for them then just to do free parking.

“We don’t mind spending money on the parish but we want to do it in a sensible way, just having free parking doesn’t make people come to the village, events do.”

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