Abolish on-street parking charges on Sundays in Hull

At the end of last year, one of my concerns was councils would try and raise extra revenue by increasing parking charges. It concerned me because I knew it would have a detrimental impact on local shopkeepers. The sheer amount of stories there have been this year has proved my fears were not unfounded.

Last week, I was talking to a cafe owner in Hull City Centre regarding on-street parking charges on Sundays. Although there are free car parks in the city centre on Sundays, the council still charges for on-street parking at the full rate of £1.30 an hour, up to a maximum of £2.60 for a two hour stay. Unsurprisingly, most of the parking spaces remain empty. 

Traders tell me that if Hull had free on-street parking on Sundays it would encourage people to park-up, and have a coffee or lunch in one of the city's many cafes and restaurants. This argument makes sense. If you don't have to pay to park, you are more likely to pop into a couple of shops and then have something to eat or drink. If you are pushed for time, you don't want to park in a multi storey car park, and then walk into the city centre. You want to park somewhere that's convenient and easy. It's not that the council will lose out on much revenue either. As I've already stated, very few people currently park their cars in the on-street spaces. 

I have therefore set-up a petition on Hull City Council's website calling for the abolition of on-street parking charges in the city centre on Sundays. If you live, work, or study in Hull, you are eligible to sign the petition. If you don't live in the city, but have friends or relations who do, please send them the link. No-one wants to see boarded-up shops, and businesses going to the wall. This is one way we can all do something to help prevent this happening.  
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