PARKING prices could go up by 20p per hour or more to pay for the new car park at Ann Court.
It is estimated in a report not yet seen by the public that demolishing Ann Court and building a new car park will cost £23 million, but there is only £9 million to pay for it in the Car Park Trading Fund.
The Town Park Implementation Plan, compiled by Transport and Technical Services, proposes setting up an internal or external loan for the £14 million deficit and the loan and interest charges would be repaid by raising scratch card prices by 20p.
The report plans to make the Gas Place site into a Town Park and knock down Minden Place car park and turn it into a public square, but only after the Ann Court multi-storey car park has been built.
It currently costs 56p an hour to park in St Helier and Senator Alan Breckon, the Health, Social Security and Housing Scrutiny chairman, said that an increase of 26.3 per cent was a massive hike, especially for people paying monthly season tickets at a cost of £94.76.
The demolition of Ann Court would be funded by an increase in parking charges. Picture by Matthew Hotton (00622880)