At last night's Cabinet meeting I announced the good news that parking tariffs will be frozen across the borough for another year.
The Cabinet were considering the annual Fees and Charges report, which reserved the right to bring back a further report to increase parking charges for 2018/19. We were very clear though that this report would not be required and that we have no plans to increase car parking charges at this time.
When I was elected to the leadership of Test Valley I made it clear that one of my top priorities was to sustain and rejuvenate our town centres. In Romsey we have been working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to deliver shared space improvements in Church Street and Bell Street. And in Andover we are building a brand new leisure centre; working with the County Council through the Andover Vision to create a new urban park on the banks of the Anton; developing exciting plans for the Former Magistrates' Court and I've longer term aspirations for a more fundamental overhaul of our shopping space.
Our whole approach is about trying to attract more people into our town centres and decrease vacancy rates - now is not the right time to increase parking charges.
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