Shropshire Council is consulting on higher parking charges across the county, including in Ludlow.
In Ludlow, on-street car parking costs will rise by an average of 13%. Hourly charges in Galdeford A car park (upper deck) will rise by 17%. In the lower decks (Galdeford B) and in the Smithfield car park, hourly charges will go up by 25%.
Season tickets in Galdeford A will rise by between 15% and 17%. In Galdeford B and Smithfield, season ticket charges will rise by between 23% to 26%.
The increase in season ticket charges in Galdeford B and Smithfield are well above inflation. They will be unwelcome news for workers and residents at a time when taxes, and energy and housing costs are rising rapidly.
The council says parking “charges have not increased since 2018 and so require adjustment for inflation over this period.” Inflation between January 2018 and January 2002 was 16.9%. But car park management and staffing costs, principally enforcement, has not risen by 17% in four years.
There has been some rounding of the proposed charges: “The pricing structure needs to enable payment with coins, and to facilitate the linear pricing structure for customers.” That makes sense in Smithfield where costs of £0.30 an hour will rise by £0.10 an hour. But it doesn’t justify the hiking of season ticket charges by a quarter.