Proposals to scrap one hour free parking in Erewash car parks, and introduce a simplified two-tier charging system, have been approved by Erewash Borough Council at a budget setting meeting which was held on Thursday 5 March.

The new charges will see drivers paying just £1 for up to three hours and £3 for any period over three hours. This change will not affect rates at the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station.

The council has carried out an extensive review of charges in its car parks and while the free parking has been popular, it is relatively costly and arguably has not encouraged longer stays in the town, potentially restricting shopping and other opportunities,

The budget proposals report outlined the tough financial challenges facing the council.

Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:

“This move will encourage people to stay longer in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres. We believe a simplified two-price system will work well and that the new rates are fair and compare favourably to charges in other local authority areas.”

Additional income generated from the changes would help the council meet the long term costs of maintaining and upgrading the car parks.