Published: 16/04/2017 11:00 - Updated: 14/04/2017 12:27

Parking permit charges rise 10 per cent in Inverness and Lochaber

Written byPhilip Murray

Rose Street car park in Inverness houses some of the affected permit bays.
Rose Street car park in Inverness houses some of the affected permit bays.

PARKING permit prices in Inverness have jumped 10 per cent with immediate effect, Highland Council has announced.

The increase, which was agreed as part of the council’s annual budget, will see residential permit prices rise from £50 to £55 per year. The price for senior citizens will rise from £25 to £27.

Business parking permits will jump from £160 to £176.

“The price increase affects all Highland Council parking permits and season parking tickets in Inverness and Lochaber and includes contract bays at the Rose Street multi-storey car park in Inverness,” said a council spokeswoman.

“Where parking charges apply, blue badge holders are exempt. Where disabled badge holders previously received free residents parking permits this will continue to remain free of charge.

“The council’s budget gap for 2017

18 has been identified at £20.344m and this price increase is one of a package of measures which aims to achieve £334,000 of savings which will help the council to deliver a balanced budget in 2017/18.”

A contract parking card for the Rose Street multi-storey car park will now cost £60, while a permit bay at the same site will set motorists back £88

Further information is available at www.highland.gov.uk/parkingpermits

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