Trafford Council is proposing to increase the cost of two-hour parking in Altrincham by 67% under plans to cut a budget shortfall of £21.75m.
The council said it planned to review tariffs with town centre car parks and on-street locations. Village car parks in Hale and Timperley would excluded.
Under the borough-wide plans, a two-hour stay would rise from £1.20 to £2, while three, four, five and six-hour stays would each increase by 50p to £3, £4, £5 and £6 respectively.
Trafford is also proposing to increase the cost of a residents’ parking permit from £41.75 to £47.50.
The proposals are now forming the basis of a consultation with the public – you can have your say here – with feedback analysed and a proposed budget put to the council for approval on February 16th 2022.
Trafford blamed the “enormous” impact of Covid-19 for the dire state of its finances.
It added: “The Council has continued to adapt to evolving events as the country responds to an ever changing national and local scene.
“There remains a significant impact on the way Council services are delivered and there are subsequently many financial challenges it faces.”
It is hoping the proposals will help to close the budget gap by £17.10m over the next financial year, with other measures including “additional funding and planned use of earmarked reserves”.
It added: “There currently still remains a residual budget gap of £4.65m in 2022/23, sadly, that means we are still having to make some very tough choices.”