Standardised charges

From Monday 6 September 2021, standardised parking charges will apply at all current chargeable council car parks, and Birkenhead’s on-street controlled parking zone.

The charges will be: £1 each hour for up to four hours and £5 for over 4 hours or all day (so £1 for 1 hour; £2 for up to 2 hours; £3 for up to 3 hours; £4 for up to 4 hours).

Standardised charges mean that, whichever council owned car park or on-street parking location you use in Wirral, it will cost you the same.

The charges follow a decision made by the council’s Environment Climate Emergency and Transport Committee in June 2021 and Decision Review Committee in August 2021.

New locations for parking charges

The decision made also allows the council to bring in parking charges at some new locations. These may include some on-street coastal locations and some car parks that are currently free.

Each of the suggested new locations for charging will require a separate Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to be made before any charges can be introduced there.

The TRO process includes a statutory consultation stage. This requires the council to publish notices in the press and allow a minimum period of 21 days for responses.

View the Notices and proposals

All feedback will then be taken back to the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee before any decisions are taken to introduce charges at new locations.

Due to the process, parking charges will not be introduced at any new locations until 2022.

Resident parking schemes are separate to the above procedure. Applications for resident parking schemes will be dealt with individually and only after the new charges have been decided.

Why are you increasing parking charges?

The council is in a difficult financial position and as part of the process of setting a balanced budget for 2021/22 year, the council approved raising an additional £1million from parking charges.

The first stage of raising these funds is by standardising the parking charges for all council parking locations. This was be introduced from 6 September 2021. The second stage of raising these funds will be introducing parking charges at new locations. This will take longer, and the public will have a chance to have their say on this before they are introduced.

Have your say on the new locations for parking charges

The council also hope that parking charges will help encourage less car use and more use of active travel such as walking and cycling or public transport like buses and trains which will help Wirral meets its climate targets.

Won't the increased tariffs and charging at new locations harm local business?

It is thought that people who walk or cycle or take public transport may spend longer at the shops and spend more money. The council is doing a study into parking and parking charges, the results of which will be published in Autumn 2022.

Where are the new locations that parking charges are going to be introduced?

The new locations where parking charges could be introduced will include some council off-street car parks that are currently free. These are Bromborough, Bebington, Irby, Hoylake, and New Brighton. Parking charges are also proposed to be introduced at some on-street coastal locations including New Brighton, West Kirby, Leasowe, and Hoylake.

Find out more about the proposals

Each of the suggested new locations for charging will require a separate Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 before any charges can be introduced there. This process will take time. Parking charges will therefore not be introduced at any new locations until 2022.

When are the charges for the new locations going to come in?

Before any charges can be brought in at any new locations the council will need to follow statutory processes, called a Traffic Regulation Order, which will include time for the public to make objections and comments. All comments and objections will be referred back to the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee before any decisions are taken.  As a result, it is unlikely there will be any charges in new locations until 2022.

How can I have my say on the Traffic Regulation Order to introduce these new charges?

Each of the suggested new locations for charging will require a separate Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to be made before any charges can be introduced there.

The TRO process includes a statutory consultation stage. This requires the council to publish notices in the press and allow a minimum period of 21 days for responses. 

View the Notices and have your say on the proposals

A copy of the plans and supporting documents can be requested by emailing parking.engineer@wirral.gov.uk or by phoning the council’s contact centre on 0151 606 2004.

You can have your say on the new charges until Friday 24 December 2021. 

You can also email your comments to parking.engineer@wirral.gov.uk or sent in writing to:
Senior Network Operations Manager
Neighbourhood Services
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey

Please make sure you quote the scheme reference number. Comments must be received by Friday 24 December 2021.