Press Release

Council to consult on new parking regime

05 December 2017

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has today (5 December) published for consultation proposals to change several aspects of its car parking policies.

The Council will consult on a package of measures including the following:

• An increase of 50p across the various bands, taking the tariff to £1.50 for one hour and another 50p for every hour up to £3.50 for over four hours parking;

• A greater alignment between the charges in the car parks in Neath, Port Talbot and Pontardawe town centres and between the tariff structures at The Gnoll and Afan Forest Country Parks;

• Increasing the charges for all permits by £2.50;

• A new tariff structure at the Aberavon Seafront involving a charge of £2 from May to September and £1 from October to April, with a similar arrangement to be introduced at the Victoria Road car park; and

• The introduction of mobile CCTV camera van enforcement with a particular focus on dangerous parking outside schools and in Bus bays.

Councillor Rob Jones, Leader of the Council, said:

“We accept that the public may not welcome increased charges; but in this time of severe cuts, the Council must generate more income to maintain car parks and other facilities from which motorists benefit.  We believe that this package represents the right balance between the interests of the motorist, businesses and the wider community, and we have discarded other options including the withdrawal of free Christmas parking and introducing a charge for disabled parking permits”.

Councillor Ted Latham, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering added:

“This is not just about money.  The Council has invested heavily in the Aberavon Seafront and all local members agree that we need a parking regime which enables people to access the attractions by parking easily.  The congestion in the summer months illustrates that this is not currently the case.  Moreover, the Council has serious concerns about the rise of indiscriminate parking, particularly outside of some of our schools.  This package marks the start of a major crackdown on such dangerous habits”.

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