A new charging structure is to be trialled at
The Council, which assumed management of the site together with Drumgold Street car park on June 1 this year as part of the government’s policy to transfer services to local authorities, will be trialling ‘free after three’ parking on Monday to Fridays and a flat-rate charge of £2 all day on Saturdays.
Council Leader Councillor David Christian MBE JP explained: ‘The Council is committed to doing all it can to support the local economy by encouraging more shoppers into the town centre and for them to stay longer.
‘We recognise that
‘Town centre regeneration has done much to create a more appealing environment for visitors and local retailers. The Council, which has invested significantly in the scheme, is therefore keen to explore whether more “shopper friendly” parking charges for
Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce retail committee Stephen Bradley said: ‘For some time trading conditions have been challenging while works to improve the main shopping area were being carried out. The completed regeneration scheme has, however, been welcomed by traders and we believe that those improvements combined with this new fee structure for Chester Street car park will encourage increased footfall. We therefore welcome this trial by the Council which demonstrates that its members share our vision for a shopper and motorist-friendly town centre.’
Environmental Services Committee Chairman Councillor Ritchie McNicholl added: ‘Along with trialling this new charging structure at
In a further bid to attract shoppers the Council has confirmed that parking will be free on Thursday evenings from 5pm and all day on Saturdays in