Plans to increase Sheffield parking charges blocked by councillors

A new plan to increase the price of parking charges across Sheffield has been halted by Lib Dem councillors.

The news comes just a month after Councillor Lewis Dagnell, cabinet member for environment and Streetscene, announced a series of changes to car meters and permits.

The proposed changes will mean that parking in the central zone will be £1.30 per hour or £6.50 for the day rising to £2.00 from 4.30pm to 8.30pm and £2.00 for parking on a Sunday.

Under council protocol, a plan is not able to be put through if five or more councillors object to it. If they do, it must be examined by a Scrutiny Committee.

Ian Auckland, shadow cabinet member for transport, Martin Smith, Penny Baker, Gail Smith and Vicky Priestly were those who objected.

The new directive headed by Dagnell would mean Sheffield drivers would have to pay up to 30 percent more and those with more than one vehicle will have to pay even more.

It is part of a plan to try and reduce the amount of pollution in the city and to encourage drivers to own greener vehicles, as they would be exempt from paying.

Councillor Dagnell told The Star: “Even with increases, our parking is still reasonably-priced and much cheaper than many other core cities.”

The changes are planned to come into effect on the 1st of April 2019 but will be discussed at the economic and well-being scrutiny committee this coming Wednesday.