21st Oct, 2016

Free parking for an hour gets go-ahead

Aaron Wise 7th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

COUNCIL chiefs have given the green light to plans to give Evesham and Pershore residents an hour’s free parking.

Wychavon District Council welcomed the introduction of an hour’s free parking across the council’s car parks, at a meeting on Wednesday (July 29).

The scheme will come into action on Monday, August 31, where anyone buying two hours worth of parking in short stay car parks in Evesham and Pershore, will get a third hour for free.

In Broadway anyone buying three hours of parking will get a fourth hour free.

The plans were given the green light following recommendations by councillors on the Strategic Car Park Review Working Group.

They also confirmed parking charges will remain frozen for the next four years and ruled out introducing charges for evenings and Sundays.

The Observer reported on the warm reception when the plans were first aired in June and the latest move could give long-suffering motorists and traders a welcome boost.

A trial to test the use of payment by mobile phones will also take place in the near future to examine its benefits, costs and reaction of the public.

Coun Richard Morris, said: “We want to make it easier for the residents of Wychavon to use our car parks by making them more accessible and therefore support the regeneration of our towns and communities.

“The use of mobile phone technology will support that aim, while the introduction of an hour’s free parking will encourage people to spend more time in our towns to support our high streets and traders.

“We will also continually assess improvements to our parking infrastructure as new technology develops.”

What do you think? E-mail editor@eveshamobserver.co.uk