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Malvern Hills District Council is proposing to make changes to car park times and charges in the first change for most of these tariffs in 12 years.

As part of a public consultation, there a number of changes to council-owned car parks which include stay-time increases, as well as a cost increase for some.

The proposals are being made to ensure that at times of high inflation the council can continue to provide essential services, such as, waste and recycling collections, planning services, support to businesses, housing, parks, public toilets and more.

Amongst the suggestions, which has been asked for by traders is to increase the maximum waiting period from two to three hours in Malvern town centre car parks at Belle Vue Terrace, Edith Walk, Grange Road North and South.

As well as this, there will be an increase to three hours for vehicles displaying a valid disabled person’s blue badge across all sites.

Other changes could include a cost increase of a 24-hour stay car park from £3 to £4 at the Council House, Victoria Road, Hanley Road, New Street, Priory Road North, Priory Road South, and Teme Street car parks.

Also, an increase the cost of the evening operating hours tariff (4pm to 8am) from £1.50 to £2 at all car parks and an increase in the cost of the Resident Annual Two Hour Permits from £25 to £30 per year.

Malvern Hills District Council however will continue to freeze the costs of the most popular tickets- the 50p one hour and £1 two-hour tickets. These will remain some of the lowest parking rates charged in the county.

Cllr John Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I understand that these proposals may be both welcome and unwelcome to drivers across the district.

‚ÄúThe council hasn‚Äôt reviewed some of these car park charges since 2012 and the amendments will help continue to provide important services to residents. We are also keeping the one and two hour tariffs unchanged on every car park, at the cheapest levels anywhere in Worcestershire‚ÄĚ.