easy solution to parking problems
and annual parking fees recover the cost of providing
parking on campus. This is done: to avoid giving a perk
to staff who travel by car as opposed to those who use
public transport; to avoid staff incurring the payment
of tax on what would effectively be a payment in kind
if the University subsidised the cost of providing parking;
and to allow the University's revenue to be committed
to its core business. Most people who travel to work by
car have to pay for parking, and rates at local multi-storey
car parks or on meters in the city centre are much higher
than University charges.
management of parking is problematic, given that more
staff wish to park than there are spaces available, and
there is a need to welcome visitors by providing parking
for them. Government policy is now to keep traffic away
from city centres, and the local planning authority has
refused the University permission to increase its number
of parking spaces on campus. Demand for parking is not
controllable nor is it easy to predict, so on some days,
particular car parks such as Black Zone may not be fully
present permit allocation system was devised several years
ago in consultation with trade unions, and at that time
all staff were invited to vote on criteria and points
accrued Ð hence the allocation of extra points for women.
Parking on campus is not a right Ð it is something people
may request and, whilst in former years, staff could assume
that parking would be available, increased demand means
that this is no longer the case. The current parking policy
could be argued to be unfair, but it is certainly not
cynical or profiteering, nor is there an easy solution
to the problems it attempts to manage.
traffic policy review group (which I chair) has within
its remit a review of current parking policy, and Mr Cuthbert's
views will be brought to its attention.
yoga or massage but cheaper parking
the letter in Reporter 475 prompted me to write in and
agree on most parts with the author, in particular the
impossibly long wait for permits and the high cost of
parking as a 'visitor'.
feel that staff parking was an issue that was omitted
from the recent questionnaire on staff welfare, and that
if the University wishes to improve its employees' welfare
then the parking policy could be reviewed. A member of
staff without a permit paying £2.50 per day will pay approximately
£600 over a year, which is quite a hefty chunk of salary
especially for the lower paid (but equally hard working)
members of staff.
a distinction could be made between visitors and members
of staff, with the latter paying a lower rate? Perhaps
members of staff could pay less during times of the year
when the car park is less full, i.e. outside term times.
Given the choice of a games room, massage, yoga or cheaper
parking, I know which one I would choose!
costs high for part-time staff
reading the article in the last issue of the Reporter
I felt it necessary to write in and agree that the 'parking
policy is unfair to low paid staff.'
am a part-time member of staff who also pays £50 a month,
£600 a year to park in the University car park. I feel
it is necessary for me to use the car parking facilities,
as I have to take my two young children to and from school.
The alternative for me would be four bus journeys before
I start my four-hour working day.
the waiting time for permits cannot be reduced, would
it be possible for the University car parking policy to
be changed, by reducing the daily rate for members of
staff? After all, isn't it now true that the University
is taking an interest in the well-being of its employees?