Coate Water and Lydiard parking charges come into place

Drivers are being reminded that free parking at both Lydiard House and Park and Coate Water Country Park will soon be a thing of the past.

Coate Water Country Park

Swindon Borough Council has brought in new parking charges to pay for the upkeep of both Lydiard Park and Coate Water. From Friday, 1 July, motorists will need to buy tickets from newly installed machines.

They are also offering a ‘season ticket’ to park at both or either site throughout the year at a discounted rate in order to make the changes more affordable for frequent visitors. These tickets will cost £45 for Lydiard, £30 for Coate or £60 for both. All day parking at Lydiard will otherwise set you back £4 or £2 at Coate.

If successful, it is estimated that the changes will generate £400,000 reserved income to put towards the maintenance of the sites.

The council reassures residents who live nearby that the impact of this change will be closely monitored from when the charges are introduced and over the coming months. They are also urging motorists to park responsibly, using the designated car parks and clearly displaying a ticket.

Annual season tickets can be bought online or at customer services at Wat Tyler House. Drivers can also register online to pay parking charges via mobile phone.