Car park charges at Cannon Hill Park will start on Friday 6 October 2017.
Whilst we have no rights over this facility, MAC has been vocal in informing the council of our concerns about the impact of this decision, for both our users and our business. We would also like to thank those of you who campaigned on our behalf to challenge this decision. However we have had to acknowledge that we and the council are operating in a very different economic environment and parking charge are now inevitable.
Naturally we wanted to explore exemption for our patrons but that was not possible with the pressure on the local authority. We have been working very closely with the council to ensure charges would not be set at the high level levied across the city centre, and we are pleased that our efforts have been successful. Much of the income from parking fees will be reinvested in the infrastructure of the car park to make it better and safer for users.
Charges are as follows:
· Up to 4 hours £2
· Up to 16.5 hours £3
We are grateful that MAC and the park service will receive a proportion of the council’s income from the car park, but it will in no way compensate for the 70% reduction in annual funding we’ve already received from them this year. Therefore, regrettably we are not in a position to recompense our visitors. Of course we are concerned that MAC's attendances may suffer, particularly for those under financial constraints. We are constantly looking at ways of being more sustainable yet remaining competitively priced to ensure we fulfil our ethos of “arts for all”.
These are anxious times for all of us, and we will be very dependent on the continued support of those who value our services. Cuts from the City Council to our subsidy, and dramatic increases in operational costs are impacting on MAC severely.
If you value MAC as a resource you can help by simply continuing to use us.
Please direct any enquiries regarding this issue to: Parking@Birmingham.gov.uk.