Fees for city centre parking to go up and down from today

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More changes to parking fees in Sheffield city centre take effect from today (Thursday), with some costs going up and some going down.

Charges for on-street parking are going up, and will now be in multiples of 50p, while parking in city centre car parks including Carver Street, Rockingham Street and the Science Park will be reduced to £5 per day, compared with between £9.30 and £8.10 for six hours.

Drivers will have to pay to park on-street up to 8.30pm instead of 6.30pm. A flat rate is £2 is being charged for central areas and £1 for those further away.

A flat rate of £1 for parking on Sundays is being introduced from this weekend.

However, the council says drivers are being given two weeks ‘grace’ to get used to the new rates. Until May 13, warning notices will be handed out, not fines.

Another change will see the restrictions governed by single yellow lines extended to fall in line with off and on-street parking, so they will apply until 8.30pm. Again, warning notices will be issued initially.

Bank holiday parking will remain free.

The council says it is trying to simplify the system while raising extra money to maintain services, but it has run into opposition from critics who say there should be no charges at a time when shoppers and traders are feeling the pinch.

Cabinet member Coun Leigh Bramall said: “We are doing all that we can to offer competitive parking rates in the city centre which is why we have reduced charges for off street parking. As well as nearly halving the cost of parking off street all day we are removing the time restrictions in almost all of our car parks and on street parking bays.”