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No changes in Elgin parking charges

Calls have been made for parking charges to be scrapped
Calls have been made for parking charges to be scrapped

Any changes to charges at council-run car parks in Elgin have been ruled out for the foreseeable future.

The income the local authority receives from the charges has remained virtually static over the last five years.

This is despite several changes being implemented over that period both to parking ticket prices and the lengths of times that motorists can stop.

A report by Moray Council officers has now recommended that the charging structure should remain the same.

Commenting on the report, council leader Allan Wright said: “It’s thought that any change is not really worth it.

“We don’t want to put people through further disruption.

“While it’s possible that we could bring in more revenue that could be seen as running counter to our desire to support the retailers in Elgin’s town centre.”

The council’s current income from its 12 car parks in Elgin is £655,000 – practically the same as in 2009.

A price rise in April 2010 led to a temporary drop of more than a third in the numbers of motorists using council-run car parks in Elgin.

Subsequently, the council in December 2012 doubled from one hour to two hours the amount of time that motorists could park in return for £1.

Councillor Graham Leadbitter said: “Elgin has more than enough parking places – there is never a problem finding somewhere.

“As regards the charges, I believe the balance seems to be about right at the moment.

“We need to raise money to pay for services like education and refuse collection, but at the same time we don’t want to discourage people from coming to the town centre.

“Elgin is certainly a much more reasonable place to park than either Inverness or Aberdeen.”

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