parking will become payable in June in part of Berck-sur-Mer
The town hall thus wants to promote rotation in parking spaces and prevent abusive parking.
No more abusive parking. While the town center of Berck-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais finds itself taken over by tourists as soon as the fine weather arrives, the town hall has decided to make paid parking in the hypermarket -center.
A measure which will take effect from June 15, with differentiated prices according to the zones.
An occupancy rate of 120%
Every year, it’s the same thing. With the return of sunny days and the kite festival, the streets of Berck are overwhelmed with visitors, most of whom park where they see fit, including in areas that are not intended for parking.
“On the sidewalks, in the car parks, even in front of your house, even in your garden”, laments a local resident at the microphone of BFM Grand Lille. “Sometimes you have people coming to park, and you can’t get out of your house.”
An observation shared by the municipality. Over the summer period, from June to September, the 3,600 parking spaces in the municipality have an occupancy rate of 120%, because “all the spaces are occupied, and 20% of the vehicles parked are outside the parking spaces. parking”, explains the municipality on its site.
A saturation of the parking areas which mainly concerns “the sector of the seafront and the shopping district”. So the town hall decided to make paid parking in these areas, as has already been done in other municipalities, in particular Lille or Wimereux.
“It was important to put in place a solution that requires a greater rotation of vehicles in this sector, and to avoid the suction cup vehicles that are installed from the morning until the evening, and which do not move”, explains the mayor of Berck, Bruno Cousein.
A differentiated price according to the zones
To do this, the municipality will install from March 120 parking meters in the various sectors concerned by this paid parking. From mid-June, the first hour of parking remains free, but motorists must then pay two euros per hour to park in the “red” zone, which includes most of the Parmentier esplanade.
The rate increases to 1.50 euros per hour in the “orange” zone, delimited among other things by the rue du Grand Hôtel to the north and the avenue Saint-Exupéry to the south. In the green zone, the rate will be one euro per hour of parking, an amount that can also be paid on the Prestopark telephone application.
However, parking remains free for two-wheelers and people with reduced mobility with a card.
An annual subscription, of 30 euros the first and 50 euros the following ones, will also be offered to local residents. Subscriptions will be completed at the town hall or on the city website from March 27.
The implementation of paid parking represents an investment of more than one million euros for the municipality, which hopes to make it profitable in the next three years.