COUNCIL chiefs in Leeds have hiked charges at an official car park for the First Direct Arena for the second time in just three months.
Prices for parking for up to 12 hours at Woodhouse Lane multi-storey car park went up from £5 to £5.50 on September 1 2014.
Leeds City Council imposed another parking charge increase at Woodhouse Lane from January 5.
It now costs £6 for all-day-parking at the multi-storey car park, which has 1,272 spaces and is one of two official car parks for the nearby First Direct Arena.
A Leeds City Council spokesman, said: “Leeds City Council remains committed to keeping its car parking charges as competitive as possible compared to other operators in the city centre.
“As part of this work, this included the council introducing a significant reduction in the cost of car parking at its Woodhouse Lane car park in 2013.
“The council has now taken the decision to increase charges at Woodhouse Lane by 50p to £6 per day, which remains extremely competitive and is still the cheapest long-stay car park in the city centre.”
The council spokesman added: “Any income generated from parking charges is ring-fenced and used to help pay for improvements to the transport infrastructure.”
Council chiefs said the September increase was imposed because a reduction in charges in 2013 had proved too successful.
That hike was expected to rake in a further £50,000 a year in revenues for the authority.
Woodhouse Lane car park was expected to make £1.3m last year. The daily price was reduced from £8 to £5 in April 2013, partly to counteract the unpopularity of new weekend and evening parking charges for council-managed on-street spaces. But competitors’ higher pricing - and massive success at the cheaper rate - convinced the council it was “sensible” to put prices up. Council chiefs said the car park is now regularly full to capacity and income levels have seen a ”massive boost”.