Sunday drivers face 140% price hike to park cars

Car parking charges are set to rise in Birmingham, raising an extra half a million pounds for the city council.

As part of the proposed increases, drivers face a 140 per cent price rise on Sundays.

In the central business district around Colmore Row, the current discounted Sunday rate of £2.50 for two hours parking is set to be scrapped.

Instead, motorists face paying £6 for parking from April 1.

City Council plans have been detailed on A4 sheets stuck to parking meters around the city, stating proposed parking charges.

Sunday parking used to be free until November 2011. If the proposals go ahead, it will cost £6 for two hours on a Sunday, matching the weekday daytime rate.

During the week, evening parking after 6pm would also be more costly, rising to £2 for 30 minutes, and £3.50 for up to 90 minutes.

Daytime rates will remain as they are, with one hour and two hours pegged respectively at £3.50 and £6.

Kevin Hicks, assistant director of highways and infrastructure, said:

Photo of the parking increase in Birmingham Credit: BPM media

Coffee shop boss Anas Zein, who has just opened his second Damascena outlet on Temple Row West, said:

The new charges are forecast to generate an extra £500,000 in the year ahead – but the target for the next three financial years is currently £1 million extra per year, meaning still higher charges could be in the pipeline.