Nottingham's parking levy

October 04, 2011 10:22 AM

News from Nottingham, and once again it isn't good. Next April, the city council will introduce a workplace parking levy. Any business in the city that has more than 10 spaces for its staff will have to pay the council £279 per year, per space. Make no mistake, other councils around the country are looking very closely at this scheme. Don't be surprised if it it introduced in your home town or city. They question is: who will pay? Will it be the businesses or those who work for the business?

Andrew Jameson, the managing director of Keltruck, has estimated this scheme would cost his company £170K if it was rolled out nationwide. He also said:
"As a responsible employer who provides off-road parking for my employees, I'm going to be penalised. The roads around Riverside Industrial Estate are lined with cars for other companies which don't provide sufficient parking so there is a disparity."

Despite this obvious truth from Mr Jameson, the council still thinks this is going to help reduce congestion in Nottingham. It wants to use the revenue raised to plough into public transport, but how much of this extra revenue is going to be put into public transport, and how much of it is going to be eaten away in administrative costs? How many extra costs are businesses going to face?

Businesses don't want to pay the levy, and neither do any of the workforce. It will create extra parking problems. In an interview to BBC Radio Nottingham Mr Jameson said he visits the Nottingham depot of Keltruck about six times a year, and even he will have to declare he uses a space, and cough up £279 for the privilege of parking on his own company's premises. Repair vehicles visiting the depot will also have to pay. He even said he would move the mobile engineering away from Nottingham to other depots because the council is going to charge him for a man to park his van. This scheme is wrong on so many levels.

The council has said it estimates around 25% of those businesses who should have registered for the scheme have failed to do so. Now it intends to speak to those businesses to 'help them' get registered. This is before they resort to legal action.

This council is a joke. It wastes our money, refuses to publish spending above £500, has a poor record in answering freedom of information requests, and now it wants to drive jobs away from the city. If you hear that your council is planning something similar in the future, be sure to let us know. This awful scheme in Nottingham is going to ahead, but we may be able to stop it on other parts of the country. Businesses need a break during these very trying economic times, and certainly don't need something like this.News from Nottingham, and once again it isn't good. Next April, the city council will introduce a workplace parking levy. Any business in the city that has more than 10 spaces for its staff will have to pay the council £279 per year, per space. Make no mistake, other councils around the country are looking very closely at this scheme. Don't be surprised if it it introduced in your home town or city. They question is: who will pay? Will it be the businesses or those who work for the business?

Andrew Jameson, the managing director of Keltruck, has estimated this scheme would cost his company £170K if it was rolled out nationwide. He also said:
"As a responsible employer who provides off-road parking for my employees, I'm going to be penalised. The roads around Riverside Industrial Estate are lined with cars for other companies which don't provide sufficient parking so there is a disparity."

Despite this obvious truth from Mr Jameson, the council still thinks this is going to help reduce congestion in Nottingham. It wants to use the revenue raised to plough into public transport, but how much of this extra revenue is going to be put into public transport, and how much of it is going to be eaten away in administrative costs? How many extra costs are businesses going to face?

Businesses don't want to pay the levy, and neither do any of the workforce. It will create extra parking problems. In an interview to BBC Radio Nottingham Mr Jameson said he visits the Nottingham depot of Keltruck about six times a year, and even he will have to declare he uses a space, and cough up £279 for the privilege of parking on his own company's premises. Repair vehicles visiting the depot will also have to pay. He even said he would move the mobile engineering away from Nottingham to other depots because the council is going to charge him for a man to park his van. This scheme is wrong on so many levels.

The council has said it estimates around 25% of those businesses who should have registered for the scheme have failed to do so. Now it intends to speak to those businesses to 'help them' get registered. This is before they resort to legal action.

This council is a joke. It wastes our money, refuses to publish spending above £500, has a poor record in answering freedom of information requests, and now it wants to drive jobs away from the city. If you hear that your council is planning something similar in the future, be sure to let us know. This awful scheme in Nottingham is going to ahead, but we may be able to stop it on other parts of the country. Businesses need a break during these very trying economic times, and certainly don't need something like this.

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