LETTER: Car park charge mealy mouthed

I am writing to express my disgust at Chichester District Council's decision to start charging for car parking at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the New Park.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 7:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:16 pm

It is my understanding that any parking revenues must be used by the district council to improve parking facilities in the district.

They boast that nearly £100,000 will be the expected revenue from these two car parks alone for the two hours a night.

I would be interested to know what the income is from all their car parks for the last year 2015/16 and where this money is spent as it should not be added to the general fund to prop up other money losing schemes. I won’t go into the details of the woeful Novium Museum.

Surely by now we should have had plenty of income to build a much-needed Park and Ride scheme for the city. Instead of which they are intent on selling every available piece of land on the outskirts of the city to developers and retailers.

What is going on? Our elected members are not speaking up for the residents and allowing the closure of toilet facilities and now hitting at the cultural gems of Chichester.

Not all theatre and cinema goers pay £45 for a ticket, as council leader Tony Dignum suggests, many people like me have an occasional treat and get the lowest price, £15 at the theatre and £8 at the cinema.

I sincerely hope that the many council tax payers in Chichester will object to their councillors about the mealy mouthed unfairness of this decision.

Kate Beach

Sunderland Close