- An initial charge of 20p for the first 30 minutes in all car parks is to apply - an increase on the present charge of 10p.
- Increased tariffs, applying in most car parks, will remain competitive with other nearby retail centres. For example, it will cost £1.80 to park for up to 2 hours in a short-stay car park, compared with £1.60 at present.
- A charge of £1.00 will be introduced to park all day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays in in those car parks that are currently free, but one will still be able to park for up to 2 hours on those days without charge. Parking will remain free all day at weekends in December.
- Apart from the 20p initial charge for 30 minutes, no tariff increases will take place in Waltham Abbey and Ongar car parks, bearing in mind that those places do not provide access to London Underground or national rail services and are localities where local shops need particular support.
- Before the new tariff regime comes into effect in July, new smart pay-and-display machines are to be installed.
A similar sum of around £100,000 is to be spent on new CCTV systems to provide all car parks with full coverage and to make them safer to use.
Cllr Gary Waller commented: Although Epping Forest District Council is committed to protecting its residents, for instance with a nil rise in Council Tax, we are not immune to higher costs, which must be reflected in car park charges. In return, we are determined to offer a better customer experience worthy of the national Park Safe accolade which has been awarded to all our Council car parks."