From Monday 13 February, The Forum is increasing its evening car park charge from £1.80 to £2.50.
Why is The Forum increasing its evening car park charge?
Car parks across the country are seeing a big increase in business rates and in the case of The Forum, an increase of around £40,000 in the next financial year.
Parking charges in many other city car parks went up before Christmas and The Forum has held off until now to implement the new evening charge.
Where does the money raised from the car park go?
The Forum is not controlled by any local council and is run by The Forum Trust, an independent charity that receives no regular public subsidy.
All the money raised from the car park goes back into building repair and improvements and to support the free community projects and activities that take place here.
Will the daytime rate increase?
The Forum is not trying to recover all of the costs from the increase in business rates via car park users and for now daytime rates will stay the same.
The evening rate had remained the same for a considerable amount of time and it felt reasonable to carry out the review and increase the evening charge.
The Forum appreciates it is a significant increase but we work hard to keep the car park a safe and well maintained facility which requires ongoing investment.
At what time does the evening rate apply?
Previously, the evening rate applied from 5.30pm until midnight. From Monday 13 February, car park users will be able to park at that rate from the earlier time of 5pm until midnight.
The Forum’s aim is to make it easy to both eat out and go to the theatre, or to park after work to use other facilities, while paying a single charge evening rate rather than an hourly rate.
How has the car park price increase been communicated?
The Forum has had notices on display around the car park and the building for a number of weeks in advance of the price increase. A slide on the digital car park poster unit and information on our website also alerts car park users of the price increase.
How can I pay for parking at The Forum?
The Forum continues to invest in the car park to make it safe, secure and easy to use and we recently upgraded the technology to make it easier to pay by cash, credit or debit card or via contactless payment.
For the evening charge, car park users arriving after 5pm can conveniently pay at the start of their visit to avoid queuing at the end of the evening (more applicable to theatre goers who might return in larger numbers to the car park at the same time).
For further information on car parking at The Forum return to this Visit Us section of the website.