Workplace parking charges

Any business in the city providing eleven or more parking spaces for its workers will be charged a fee by the city council
Any business in the city providing eleven or more parking spaces for its workers will be charged a fee by the city council Photo: ITV Central News

From April 1st it's all change in Nottingham with the introduction of the new workplace parking levy.

From Sunday, any business in the city providing eleven or more parking spaces for its workers will be charged a fee by the city council.

Business leaders say it'll hit firms hard- forcing many to relocate and harming the local economy.

"Initially the charge will be £288 per space a year. But from 2013 that rises to £334. The year after to £381. Thereafter the cost will rise in line with inflation for the next 25 years."

– John Dowson, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce

Many have chosen not to pay the charge and from Monday will have to park on the street - leaving dozens of empty spaces unfilled.

The charge is being introduced to pay for two new tram lines to Clifton and Chilwell.

The charge is being introduced to pay for two new tram lines to Clifton and Chilwell.
The charge is being introduced to pay for two new tram lines to Clifton and Chilwell. Credit: ITV Central News

The council says it will help cut congestion and that everyone should contribute to the cost.

But with 10,000 fewer car parking spaces than predicted, there are fears the levy won't raise enough money.

There are also concerns about how the scheme will be enforced.

Not everyone will be hit by the parking levy. Workers in the emergency services will be exempt. Council staff will also be treated differently - with workers charged according to how much they earn.

It's estimated the parking levy will bring in around ten million pounds in its first year.

What's not clear is if there's a shortfall who'll make up the difference?

The full report by Phil Brewster: