Manchester City Council is to double the cost of parking at Heaton Park.
Changes to car parking arrangements at Heaton Park are being made, in order to improve the management of traffic within one of Manchester’s greatest green gems says the council which adds that following a review and consultation with local residents, pay and display parking is to be introduced and will apply seven days a week, between the hours of 10am and 5pm.with all parking charges retained by the park for reinvestment in improving facilities and services.
At present, parking charges apply from 10am – 5pm on weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays.
There will be charges of £1 for up to one hour, £2 for one to three hours and a maximum charge of £3 for the whole day. Methods of payment will include cash, credit or debit card and the PayByPhone app, which can be used to pay or top up at any time after arrival in the park.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We’re making this change after a thorough review, which included consultation with local residents and community groups.
“Introducing a pay and display scheme will allow us to properly control the way traffic moves around the park, ensuring safe routes for pedestrians, preserving historic and environmentally sensitive areas and maintaining vital access for emergency services.
“The change is about improving the park’s environment for all visitors and is not about raising money, although it’s important to stress that all parking revenue will continue to be reinvested into the park, to help maintain and enhance its facilities.
“Free parking will be available before 10am and after 5pm and we will continue to promote the park’s excellent public transport links to visitors.”