Surrey County Council reveals new car parking charges

Surrey Today

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 08:00
By Sam Blackledge Sam.Blackledge@Essnmedia.Co.Uk

Pay and display meters could be introduced to streets in Dorking, Leatherhead, Bookham and Ashtead

MOTORISTS could soon be forced to pay up to £1.40 an hour for on-street parking.

Under plans set out by Surrey County Council, ten streets in Mole Valley will see pay and display machines installed by November.

Around 3,500 short-term spaces have been identified across the county, including a total of 170 in Dorking, Leatherhead, Ashtead and Bookham.

Opponents claim the charges would hit motorists and traders at an unstable economic time.

Liberal Democrat Stephen Cooksey, county councillor for Dorking and Holmwoods, said the plan was an “unacceptable imposition on retailers and residents.”

“Most market towns and large villages in Surrey have felt the consequences of recession for some time and have retail economies, which are fragile,” he said.

“This proposal is a further unnecessary blow, which will discourage short visits to local shops and result in even more pressure on already overcrowded residential streets.”

He added: “Residents will no-longer have the opportunity of calling at a cashpoint, making a quick visit to a chemist or newsagent or delivering or collecting from a dry cleaners or specialist shop without having to pay heavily for the privilege.

“There will be additional costs to retailers for window cleaners and other tradespeople carrying out necessary work to their premises.”

James Friend, leader of Mole Valley District Council, says the county council should reconsider the plans.