By Charlotte Davies
With strict parking rules on campus, limited spacing and some students not eligible for a permit, they are left to use the pay and display parking on campus. Last year the parking was 50p an hour but as of September the price was doubled to £1 per hour.
“I think the parking charges on campus work to prohibit those living on or near campus from getting jobs not easily accessible through the public transport system,” said Nick Drewe, a journalism student at Brunel.
Brunel is limited to the number of cars they can have on campus due to a planning agreement set in place by Hillingdon Council. This agreement prohibits the introduction of more parking spaces on campus.
Campus Support Services manager at Brunel University, Jill McKillop, said in 2015 a survey was conducted comparing the cost of parking on Brunel’s campus to other areas and concluded that the cost differences between areas were considerably low.
“All we did was bought the pay and display costs up to the national average,” Mrs. McKillop said. “The proposal to increase student permit costs was rejected, but the 2015 proposal to increase pay and display costs were approved.”
Brunel agreed that they would abide by set government rules and reduce parking from almost 2500 spaces in 2008, down to 2088 spaces, which they have achieved in recent years.
“I think it’s a shambles, especially for people who live far away like myself. If I want to go home I need my car here as my mum can’t always pick me up,” said Jake Teader-Reed, an occupational therapy student. “The prices were already high and now I just can’t pay that to have my car on campus”.
Ali Milani, President of the Union of Brunel Students, said that the Union has been ‘extremely concerned’ about campus parking prices, the amount of parking spaces available and the outsourcing of its management.
“Last year we fought against the rise in prices but were unable to convince the University,” Ali Milani said. “We are currently undergoing a comprehensive review of parking to resist further the extortionate rates.”
Ms. McKillop’s future plans are to increase the amount of pay and display for visitors, as currently some visitors get free parking on campus. She then plans on increasing the number of student permits available.
“We haven’t had any complaints about pay and display, we’ve only heard good things about introducing the mobile charging system,” she said. “What we did to reduce our carbon footprint was that we tried to reduce the amount of people parking on campus, but of course, there’s always exceptions with student permits and so on.”