This is a summary of all the changes (I think) to car parking charges in Ludlow from this morning. Shropshire Council has made it clear there will be no leeway for people that misunderstand the new rules. Be careful about pop and shop, which is now cut to five minutes plus a ten-minute observation time. The system has also gone largely digital. The cost of residents’ permits is now £100, three times the West Midlands average of £35. Only one permit is allowed for each household and only for a vehicle registered at that address.
All permits are now digital and you must apply online. If you can’t cope with online purchases, the customer service point in the Library will help. The distinction between Red Zone and Blue Zone permits currently in place will remain.
Only one permit will be allowed for each household. “The vehicle registered on the Residents On-Street permit must be kept at the address of the permit holder.” See terms and conditions. The council will issue permits if the address is validated by a council tax reference. There will be no check on whether the vehicle identified in the permit is registered at the address, or is a lease or a company car. So why does process a digital permit cost £100? Answers on a postcard…
Residents’ on-street. £100 per year (up from £50).
Residents’ off-street. Galdeford Zone A (Upper) car park: £320 per year. Galdeford Zone B (Lower) and Smithfield: £192 per year. The council has set a cap on the number of tickets at 127 across the three car parks.
All extant permits will be valid until their expiry.
The average cost of a residents’ parking permit across the West Midlands is £35. Read more…
Pop and shop cut to five minutes
We can expect bonanza of fines after the council cut its flagship 15-minute pop and shop policy to five minutes. The council says there is also ten-minute observations period. That’s the ten minutes when an enforcement officer hovers over your car waiting for you to overstay by one second. I asked political leaders to issue warnings rather than fines in the first week. That was ruled out by officers. Read more…
On Street Charges
Shropshire Council has backed down on its plans to charge on street in the Red Zone until 8pm in the evening. But charges on street will shoot up. There will be no maximum stay but charges will be capped at eight hours.
Red Zone. £1.80 an hour from 8am until 6pm, seven days.
Blue Zone £0.70 an hour from 8am until 6pm, seven days.
Parking waivers for builders, etc. Green waiver: £10 per day per vehicle for permission to park in any on street pay and display bay, limited-waiting bay, loading bay, resident-only bay, or in a council surface car park. Red waiver: £15 per day per vehicle for permission to park on double/single yellow lines or in a disabled bay. Health and care professionals: £15 annually. See waiver FAQs.
Paper tickets will be available for hourly and weekly parking. Monthly, quarterly and yearly digital season tickets must be purchased online. See digital FAQs.
All car parks now have cashless and ticketless parking facilities through the MiPermit app but will still accept cash. No change given but if you have to round up, say from 70p to £1, you will be credited with the extra time. With MiPermit, you can book an SMS 20 minutes before expiry. There is no date yet for pay on introducing pay on exit so that you don’t have to worry about overstaying.
Castle Street Car Park. £1.00 an hour. Maximum £8.00. Charges 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Half price on Sundays and public holidays. No maximum stay. No season tickets.
Galdeford Zone A (Upper). Top deck. £0.50 an hour. Maximum £4.00. Charges 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Free on Sundays and public holidays. No maximum stay. Season tickets £17.00 weekly, £58 monthly, £150 quarterly, £250 six monthly or £400 yearly.
Galdeford Zone B (Lower). £0.30 an hour. Maximum £2.40. Charges 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Free on Sundays and public holidays. No maximum stay. Season tickets £10.00 weekly, £35 monthly, £90 quarterly, £150 six monthly or £240 yearly.
Smithfield. £0.30 an hour. Maximum £2.40. Charges 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Free on Sundays and public holidays. No maximum stay. Season tickets £10.00 weekly, £35 monthly, £90 quarterly, £150 six monthly or £240 yearly.
HGV Digital Season Ticket (Smithfield). £10 24hr; £105 monthly; £270 quarterly; £450 six monthly or £720 yearly.
Coaches (Smithfield). Free.
Blue Badge holders. Standard charges with one hour added for free.
Motorcycles free in marked bays otherwise charges apply.
Motorhomes allowed in all car parks. Standard charges will apply for each bay occupied.
Park and ride. Still free. Charges apply on the bus to town.
Ludlow Hotel & Guest House owners. Digital tickets only. Galdeford Zone A: all hours: £58 monthly, £150 quarterly, £250 six monthly or £400 yearly. Galdeford Zone B and Smithfield: all hours: £35 monthly, £90 quarterly, £150 six monthly or £240 yearly.
Residents. Visitors scratchcards are no longer available. Households with a residents’ permit will get a free allowance of 200 hours a year for on street parking. This is digital, which means that each visitor must be registered online along with the period for which they will be on-street. Residents without their own parking permit can apply for 200 hours free for visitors for £5. Again, the process is entirely online. All extant scratchcards will be valid until their expiry.