Four days of free parking

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Cheshire East Council is to offer four free parking days to help boost our towns and businesses as we continue to emerge from Covid restrictions.

A previous, similar parking incentive scheme is due to expire on 31 August 2022. The free parking days allocation is in addition to existing free parking after 3pm at a number of designated car parks throughout the year.

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of its highways and transport committee, said: "The past two years and more of the coronavirus pandemic and Covid restrictions have been really tough for everyone. So, this free parking allocation is some good news for our residents and businesses.

"The move aims to support our towns, villages and local service centres to have the flexibility to support special events and busy periods, such as autumnal activities and festivals and the run-up to Christmas."

Councillor Laura Crane, vice chair of the council's highways and transport committee, said: "This is an excellent incentive, which is in addition to the continued 'free after 3pm' parking available on a number of car parks across the borough.

"We have made this decision earlier in the year in order to support and help our local town and parish council event managers, who are already scheduling in a number of community events into the calendar."

The local car parks authorised for this four free days incentive are:

● Alderley Edge: South Street;

● Wilmslow: South Drive; Hoopers; Spring Street; Rex.

Cllr Browne added: "The council faces severe financial pressures – with increased demand for key services and significant cuts in funding over recent years. However, we wanted to help give towns and high streets an extra boost – and as a thank you to our residents for their support and patience during the challenges of the pandemic."

The offer of free parking will be considered on those car parks predominantly used by shoppers and the parking services team would welcome advanced liaison from the relevant councils and notice of the chosen days. This is to ensure there are no other programmed events taking place.

The days chosen by the participating councils will follow consultation with their elected members, event organisers, local shops and businesses and charity event organisers. In return, the council requests feedback on these initiatives to ascertain their effectiveness for both shoppers and businesses.

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Stephen Maynard
Monday 13th June 2022 at 9:31 pm
Wow that’s so generous of them - it’s taken many years for anyone to work this one out - just imagine if was free ALL YEAR and the boost it would give to the shops and restaurants and local economy - then we wouldn’t need to waste council tax payers money employing parking attendants and more people would want to travel into the village and spend more time there shopping and spending money which in turn would allow shop keepers to afford to pay the businesses rates and in turn not so many shops would sit empty
Marcus Holt
Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 3:28 pm
And who pays for the upkeep exactly? Why should that come out my council tax. Parking wardens still required because people can't park correctly or for the correct amount of time, around the rest of the village, so no saving there. We currently have free after 3 and all day Sunday and the carpark is not full? We actually have plenty of free parking in the village ranging from an hour to 2hrs or as is the case on Ryleys Lane, free all day. £3 also gets you all day parking at the station which is good value for money. Just another council basher bemoaning anything they try to offer. Would be great if everything in life is free, but it's not, we could also encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport....now there's an idea....oh and most shops on London Rd have a rateable value of less than 15k so pay a heavily reduced or zero business rates under the small business rate relief scheme.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 4:29 pm
#Stephen Maynard

If town-centre car parks were free all year round (ie no restrictions), then all the people who work in the town centre would use them instead of using the free on-street parking in the residential streets adjoining the town centre, which is what currently happens.

In which case, there would be no parking actually available during the day in the town centre car parks for people wanting to use the "shops and restaurants". I suspect that this would have a very significant detrimental effect on the local economy.

I also suspect that the lack of "parking attendants ", would also increase the amount of unlawful parking on pavements, yellow lines and zig-zags at pedestrian crossings.

Is this really what you want?

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