PARKING prices are on the rise in one Herefordshire town, with an end to free parking announced.

The changes are to come into force at Bromyard's Tenbury Road and Rowberry Street car parks.

They will see prices more than double in some instances, although some charges will remain the same. 

The changes come after the town's properties committee recommended to full council that prices should rise earlier this year.


Meeting minutes reveal committee councillors noted that the current rates "have remained unchanged for a considerable period and are currently set at a very low level".

The committee decided to recommend establishing consistent charges for both of the town's car parks "which would create parity between the two locations", including removing the hour's free parking previously on offer at Rowberry Street.

And councillors at a recent full council meeting agreed with the committee, meeting minutes reveal, resolving to approve the recommended changes.

The changes see charges at the Rowberry Street car park raised to 50p for one hour, from 50p to £1 for two hours, from 70p to £1.50 for three hours, from £1 to £2 for four hours, and from £2 to £3 for over four hours. 

Annual parking permit prices are rising from £200 per annum to £250 for unreserved parking and from £300 to £350 for reserved parking.

The charges will all apply from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with Sundays and Bank Holidays remaining free.

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In Tenbury Road, one hour will remain priced at 50p, while two hours will remain at £1.

Prices are still on the way up, though, with three hours up from £1.20 to £1.50, four hours up from £1.30 to £2, and more than four hours up from £1.50 to £3.

Annual parking permits for unreserved spaces are rising in price by £10 from £240 to £250, but in better news for drivers, Sunday parking charges are being removed, with charges to apply from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Bank Holidays.