University scraps free parking for residents

The University of Lincoln has started charging residents for off-peak time parking facilities at its 500-spaces car park on Ropewalk.

Parking meters were installed over the Bank Holiday weekend at the site, which was free to use by residents between 4:30pm and 3am on weekdays, and at weekends.

Now, members of the public who wish to use the car park during the same allotted times will have to pay from £1.20 per hour, up to £10 for over five hours stay.

University permit holders and visitors can park at the site from 6am to 4:30pm, while students will need a free parking permit, available to use only after 4:30pm.

The rates are similar to those applied at car parks owned by the City of Lincoln Council, and staff at the University of Lincoln will also have to pay for the facilities.

Rates for staff parking range from £2 to £12 per month, depending on pay grade. The move is part of scheme to encourage staff to use ‘greener’ transportation methods.

The charges collected from staff and residents parking would be used to fund the cost of running the car park, said Richard Merryweather, Head of Commercial Facilities.

The University of Lincoln’s intentions to start charging for residents and staff parking were first announced in April this year.

Source: University of Lincoln | Related Report: Lincolnshire Echo