The borough council has been consulting with residents and business on planned car parking charges for the car parks it owns in the district.

The proposed charging scheme comes after revealing the council is now making an unsustainable loss while they remain free of charge and would need to raise £282,080 per year to create a break even / self financing car park service

The new scheme has been drawn up to ensure the car parks become self-financing, rather than to make profit.

Following the consultation, the council has adapted the scheme by proposing a permit scheme which will ensure the pricing is a low as possible for local people. This is in addition to pay-as-you-park payments visitors can pay if they prefer not to have a permit.

You can read the full post-consultation public announcement about the permit system on our news page

FAQs

Why is the council wanting to charge for car parks?

The council has been making significant losses on its car parks for many years. Thanks to funding and a strong financial footing the council has been able to absorb these losses. However, the losses have become unsustainable. It would be financially irresponsible for the council not to address this issue.

How much will the charges be?

The casual use pay and display (or pay by phone) charges will apply. There will also be a permit scheme that will allow regular car park users to make further savings. This is detailed further down the page.

Town Centre Car Parks

Countryside and Leisure Car Parks (ie Parklands, Brocks Hill & Wigston Swimming Pool

Kirkdale Road car park (residential and rail users)

Short stay

- Up to 2 hours £1

- Up to 4 hours £3

Long stay – Over 4 hours £4 (available at Aylestone Lane, Paddock Street and Sandhurst Street only)

  • Up to 4 hours £1

  • Over 4 hours £2

Short stay

- Up to 2 hours £1

- Up to 4 hours £3

Long stay – Over 4 hours £4

What is the permit scheme?

Anybody will be able to buy a permit but the price will differ depending on whether you are a resident of the borough or not. The following table shows the proposed fees:

Location

Permit Type

Resident of the Borough

Non resident

All car parks

(Allows use of any town centre or countryside & leisure car park (Parklands / Brocks Hill/ Wigston Pool) – park anywhere, anytime according to the rules of the car park)

Annual (12 months) pass

£75.00

£150.00

6 months pass

£37.50

£75.00

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

All town centre car parks in Oadby, Wigston & South Wigston

(Allows use of all town centre car parks – park anywhere, anytime according to the rules of the car park)

Annual (12 months) pass

£50.00

£100.00

6 months

£25.00

£50.00

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

Oadby Town Centre car parks only

(Allows use of all Oadby town centre car parks only – park anywhere, anytime according to the rules of the car park)

Annual (12 months) pass

£25.00

£50.00

6 months

£12.50

£25.00

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

Wigston Town and South Wigston car parks only

(Allows use of all Wigston and South Wigston car parks only – park anywhere, anytime according to the rules of the car park)

Annual (12 months) pass

£25.00

£50.00

6 months

£12.50

£25.00

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

Leisure car parks only (allows parking at Parklands Leisure Centre / Brocks Hill / Wigston Pool ONLY without further charge)

Annual (12 months) pass

£25.00

£50.00

6 months pass

£12.50

£25.00

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and Display

School Run Permit (allows parking in Countesthorpe Road only, term time Monday to Friday before 9.30am and between 2.30pm and 4pm)

School run pass

£10

£10

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

Kirkdale Road only (includes rail users)

Annual pass

Purchase an ‘any car park’ or ‘town centre car park’ pass.

Purchase an ‘any car park’ or ‘town centre car park’ pass.

6 months

Purchase an ‘any car park’ or ‘town centre car park’ pass.

Purchase an ‘any car park’ or ‘town centre car park’ pass.

Without a pass

Pay and display

Pay and display

How do these parking charges compare to others?

With a permit, the more you use the car parks the cheaper it becomes. This the case across all the parking permits.

With a £50 annual town centre car parking permit for example, a resident visiting twice a week for two to four hours a time would be paying 12 pence per hour for their parking.

A regular user of Brocks Hill Country Park would pay £25 for a permit. If they were to visit twice a week for up to four hours at a time the equivalent cost would be six pence per hour.

Taking these examples, we believe the hourly rates are significantly lower than the vast majority of car parks nationally and provide real value for money.

What are the advantages of a permit?

  • No cash required

  • Allows for quick drop-in visits (like buying milk / bread etc)

  • Removing the need to pay and display

  • Allows shoppers to make unlimited visits

  • Costs reduce the more the permit is used.

How will I be able to buy a permit?

There will be a simple online process for buying a permit which will be made available at the appropriate time.

Will I need to display a permit in my car window?

No – the permits will be digital and your car numberplate will automatically be associated with the permit you’ve purchased. More details about permits and how to buy them will be available nearer the time of the charges coming in.

Will the 20-minute free parking spaces promised by the original proposals still be in place

Yes, and based on the feedback we received, the wait time in these bays will be increased to 30 minutes. These bays will not be available to permit holders.

What if I have a blue badge?

Blue Badge holders will be able to display their badge and park in all our car parks free for three hours.

What if I don’t want to buy a permit?

The casual use pay and display (or pay by phone) charges will apply:

Town Centre Car Parks

Countryside and Leisure Car Parks (ie Parklands, Brocks Hill & Wigston Swimming Pool

Kirkdale Road car park (residential and rail users)

Short stay

- Up to 2 hours £1

- Up to 4 hours £3

Long stay – Over 4 hours £4 (available at Aylestone Lane, Paddock Street and Sandhurst Street only)

  • Up to 4 hours £1

  • Over 4 hours £2

Short stay

- Up to 2 hours £1

- Up to 4 hours £3

Long stay – Over 4 hours £4

How are ‘town centre’ and ‘countryside and leisure’ car parks defined?

A ‘town centre parking permit’ will allow parking in ANY of the following locations:

Oadby:

  • East Street Car Park

  • Sandhurst Street Car Park

  • Ellis Park Car Park.

Wigston:

  • Junction Road Car Park

  • Spring Lane Car Park

  • Frederick Street Car Park

  • Aylestone Lane Car Park

  • Paddock Street Car Park.

South Wigston:

  • Countesthorpe Road Car Park

  • Station Street (will become permit only – no pay & display availability)

  • Kirkdale Road

A ‘Countryside and Leisure parking permit’ will allow parking in ANY of the following locations:

  • Parklands Leisure Centre Car Park

  • Brocks Hill Country Park Car Park

  • Wigston Pool and Gym Car Park.

An ‘All Car Parks’ permit will allow parking in ANY of the above car parks – both town centre and countryside and leisure locations.

If I already pay for a Leicestershire County Council on-street residents parking permit will I have to pay again to use Oadby and Wigston's car parks?

Yes, you will as the permits are administered separately. However, any resident who holds an LCC on-street parking permit for the Borough will be able to purchase a permit for Oadby and Wigston car parks at half the advertised price.

Can I use a car park to drop off / pick up my child / family member when they attend a club. Will I need to pay for parking?

Parking charges will apply from 8am until 6pm daily. There is no charge after 6pm. Vehicles parked in a marked bay will be required to purchase and display a pay and display ticket during charging hours or have purchased a permit that allows them to park in the car park. Vehicles passing through a car park will not be required to pay.

When will the new parking scheme come into force?

As soon as possible. Work will first need to be done to update the council’s parking order and install the necessary machines and signage. The council will provide updates as this progresses.

Last updated: Thursday, 23 September 2021 9:13 am