Posted: Wed 28th Jun 2023

Car park charges at Pembrokeshire national park set to rise by 50%

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This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 28th, 2023

Charges in Pembrokeshire’s national park car parks are set to rise by 50 per cent next year following a decision by members today, June 21. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The changes will see the rate for up to one hour increase from £1 to £1.50, two hours to £3, a new up to four hours rate of £4.50, and the day rate increase from £5 to £6, and a coach all-day rate remains the same at £8. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Very short stays of up to 30 minutes remain free. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At the June meeting of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority members backed the in-principle recommendations to make the increases for the 2024-25 season, in line with similar changes at coastal sites run by Pembrokeshire County Council. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Members also agreed to begin the process of amending the current car park charging order and agreed to an annual review of car park charges and a three-yearly review of pricing structure. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A report for members stated the decision to increase charges was discussed by a National Park Task and Finish Group, and would remain seasonal. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The group discussed charging out of season, but it was agreed that the cost benefit of monitoring this and collecting payment did not make financial sense. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It was also felt that the ‘free’ provision encouraged out of season tourism, supporting local businesses as well as offering a gesture of ‘good will’ for communities.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

At the meeting, Councillor Simon Hancock said the ere was “a great deal of sense in having a common tariff” with Pembrokeshire County Council, but warned raising tariffs could harm accessibility to the areas served by car parks. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The changes cover single ticket usage of the car parks; at the December meeting of the National Park Authority, a recommendation to double the price of season tickets was approved. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The previous season ticket prices were £25 for a single nominated car park and £70 for all National Park car parks; now increased to £50 and £140 respectively. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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