MOTORISTS can take advantage of half price parking at two of Evesham’s less used car parks.
Reduced charges came into effect on Bewdley Street and on Chapel Street on May 1 as part of a three month trial, the results of which will be used in a wide-ranging review of parking costs across the district in the future.
The scheme was delayed for a month after Worcestershire County Council’s 20 pence for three hours parking rate would continue on Wychavon’s long stay and short stay car park until the end of April.
The reductions mean shoppers will be able to park on the short stay car park at Chapel Street for free for 30 minutes, as opposed to the current 50 pence charge.
Motorists will then pay 50 pence, £1 and £1.50 to stay one, two and three hours respectively
Coun Bob Banks, board member for resources said the reductions would help the council demonstrate demand and impact on income before the review of parking charges.
“During the bridge works we helped support the reduction of car parking fees which did bring a slight increase in parking.” he added.
“We want to measure the impact of these reductions to inform a wider review of parking charges in the future.”
Meanwhile, motorists and shoppers will be able to park on Bewdley Street’s long stay car park for 50 pence for one hour, as opposed to the current £1.
The cost of parking for two hours, three hours and 10 hours has been halved to £1, £1.50 and £3 respectively.
Council chiefs hope the move will boost long-suffering traders and motorists who have been blighted by the delays caused by the Abbey Bridge.
Coun Gerry O’Donnell, Chairman of the Evesham Market Town Partnership said: “This is a great move by Wychavon.
“Retailers have encouraged the council to be innovative with its parking charging strategy with the aim of ensuring that all car parks are used effectively and provide a real choice for customers.
“We will wait with interest to see the impact that it has on car park usage figures and the local economy.”
The existing charges will be reintroduced on August 1.