Merton Council slashes cost of parking in borough

Merton Council announced today its plans to slash the costs of parking in Wimbledon town centre from 30 November 2009 in time for the big Christmas shop. Season tickets for Morden town centre will also be cut.

Following a review of the occupancy rates for all of the Wimbledon town centre car parks managed by the council, the following changes in tariffs will be made:

* Queens Road car park: £1.00 per hour Monday to Saturday with a £3.00 flat fee after 6pm.

* Broadway car park: £1.00 per hour Monday to Saturday. There will no longer be a premium charged for parking longer than four hours.

* St George’s Road car park: there will no longer be a premium charged for parking longer than four hours and a flat fee of £3.00 will be introduced after 6pm.

* Hartfield Road car park: there will no longer be a premium charged for parking longer than four hours.

Through dramatically reducing the cost of parking in Wimbledon’s car parks, the council hopes to encourage more shoppers into the borough in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

In addition to the charge reductions in Wimbledon’s Queens Road and Broadway car parks, anyone applying for a yearly Morden town centre season ticket will see a 50% drop from £891.00 to £445.00. The council expects the cut to result in long-term increased demand for season tickets and a reduction in the amount of parking in Morden’s residential streets.

Merton Council cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: ‘We regularly review our charging policy and the impact car park charges have on our residents and visitors. We also recognise the importance of encouraging people to support local businesses by visiting town centres and local parades and to use our car parks in the process.

‘We always want to offer our residents value for money services. Taking into consideration the difficult financial times, we have decided that it would be in everyone’s best interest to reduce the amount we charge for parking in Wimbledon, our main shopping hub. Meanwhile, cutting the season ticket cost in Morden will not only be of value to season ticket holders, but will also result in local residents seeing fewer cars parked in their streets.’

Information on parking in the borough: http://www.merton.gov.uk/parking

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Notes to editors

1. Merton is obliged to abide by the Secretary of State’s guidance when setting its off-street parking charges.

2. The only town centres in Merton where season tickets are available are Wimbledon and Morden.