Wrekin Parking

Wrekin Parking

Parking charges will help to fund the conservation of Shropshire nature reserves.

The Wrekin Forest Glen car park – introduction of parking charges

Why is Shropshire Wildlife Trust introducing parking charges?

  • As a charity, to be honest we need to identify new income streams to fund our charitable work supporting communities, wildlife and the environment. 
  • Parking fees (not fines) will allow us to manage some of the county's most popular beauty spots for everyone to enjoy.
  • Coincidentally, a local land owner planning application is likely to deliver a pay-for-parking option locally within the Wrekin’s boundaries – leaving our car park as free would put undue pressures on it.
  • Parking around the Wrekin has at busy periods become dangerous for other vehicles and pedestrians.  In discussion with the local land owner and Telford & Wrekin Council our plans will help manage visitor flow.

When will I need to start paying?

  • ‘Early’ 2022.  We are currently working with Western Power Distribution to install the necessary power to the site (which will also bring a couple of electric-vehicle charging points to the car park).  This work is expected to take around 3 months to complete.
  • We will update notices as the project completion date is fixed.

How will I pay for parking & can I pay cash?

  • The selected payment method will be managed by Hozah. They will install an automatic number plate recognition (APNR) system and provide access to a web-based payment option and an app through which payment must be made the same day. 
  • There will also be a cashless machine on site. 
  • Sadly due to resources we’ll be unable to take cash for parking.

How much will it cost me to park?

  • We’ve analysed other car parks across the region from Telford centre, Ironbridge and through to local attractions at Attingham Park and Dudmaston.  As a charity, we’re not looking to make profit but to support both the upkeep of this car park and of nature reserves across Telford and wider Shropshire, which support the community, local and migratory wildlife and many important environments.  Our charge will be £1/hour with a maximum of £4 for up to 12 hours.

Who owns what?

  • The Wrekin’s Forest Glen car park is owned by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.  We also manage the nature reserve The Ercall, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  The Wrekin is privately owned.
  • The pay-for-parking infrastructure is owned by Hozah. 

Why do Shropshire Wildlife Trust need a parking company and why Hozah?

  • We need to raise funds for our charitable work and for the upkeep of our public spaces.
  • Recognising the parking industry can at times have low reputation, Hozah came out above two others during a tender process.
  • Part of Hozah’s appeal is their approach to minimising fines, the Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) we all dread.   All drivers will have access to a payment mechanism which is easier, faster and should reduce chances of receiving a PCN.
  • Payment of a PCN will go directly to Hozah and not Shropshire Wildlife Trust. You will support us by paying a parking fee.
  • Hozah meet a number of quality management standards such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) “Level 1” the highest, and most stringent, of the PCI DSS levels. 
  • Hozah are a member of the British Parking Association and the International Parking Community, using an enforcer from the BPA’s Approved Operator Scheme. 
  • They are also Cyber Security Certified and were runners up in the 2020 Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge as well as Finalists at The Parkex 2019 Innovation Trail Awards using technology that results in, “Truly zero-effort parking.”

Strong company values and solution-led customer innovations like these are essential in our partnerships.

If you have any comments on this introduction, please email:  enquiries@ShropshireWildlifeTrust.org.uk