Car parking fees to be introduced at War Memorial Park

All three of the War Memorial Park’s car parks are to introduce parking fees for visitors who stay for three or more hours.

Pictured: Aerial views of plans of the War Memorial Park’s car park on Leamington Road.

Those who use car parks at the War Memorial Park will now have to pay to park their car if they stay for more than three hours.

The new fees will apply to all three of the park’s car parks — on Kenilworth Road, Leamington Road and Coat of Arms Bridge Road.

Coventry City Council cited the reason for the change as being down to the car park being often misused by people who are not necessarily visiting the park for recreation.

There was a suggestion that some use the car parks, and then make the short journey on foot, to avoid parking charges in the city centre.

The parking charges are being introduced “in the best interest of the War Memorial Park and its users”, said the Council in a statement.

The changes were already approved at a Cabinet meeting earlier in February this year.

Pay and Display machines are to be installed at the Coat of Arms Bridge Road and Leamington Road car parks, while Kenilworth Road will use a Pay On Foot solution with a barrier, both of which will be cashless in an effort to deter vandalism and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The park has a total of 451 parking spaces, six of which are electric vehicle charging bays, and the changes are not expected to impact current parking capacity.

Visitors will be able to park their cars free for up to three hours, after which a £3 fee will be charged up to four hours, and a £5 fee if a stay is over five hours.

The Council’s proposed fees also include a £17.50 weekly parking pass.

Those who use the Park & Ride service at the Kenilworth Road car park will now have to pay £1 to leave their car behind.

Revenue raised from commuters that use the car parks will assist in making the War Memorial Park more financially self-sufficient.

A spokesperson for the Council would not confirm an exact date on which the parking charges will be introduced, other than “in the coming months”.