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Nottingham’s parking levy: a ‘small stick’ or highway robbery?

Nottingham City Council wants to become the first authority in the country to introduce a workplace parking levy as a way of funding better public transport in the city and managing congestion. But the chamber of commerce says the plans will drive business out the city. Andrew Forster spoke to both sides in the debate

By Andrew Forster
17 October 2008
John Dowson, head of policy and representation at Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce
John Dowson, head of policy and representation at Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce
Many businesses have joined the campaign to stop the levy being implemented
Many businesses have joined the campaign to stop the levy being implemented
Nottingham’s transport portfolio holder councillor Jane Urquhart
Nottingham’s transport portfolio holder councillor Jane Urquhart
The workplace parking levy will help fund the Phase 2 extensions of Nottingham Express Transit
The workplace parking levy will help fund the Phase 2 extensions of Nottingham Express Transit
 

In recent years Nottingham has earned an enviable reputation for delivering ambitious transport projects. The tram network has been cited as a model of best practice; multi-modal public transport ticketing has become a reality; and measures to reduce the impact of cars in the city centre have won many plaudits.

Now the city council wants to become the first in the country to implement a charge on workplace parking spaces. The workplace parking levy (WPL) is key to raising funds for a programme...

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