Parking charges are reduced in North Lincolnshire

September 02, 2011 4:47 PM

After all the stories I have commented on in recent months about car parking charges, it is refreshing to hear about a council that has decided to make it cheaper for residents and visitors to park. From yesterday, North Lincolnshire Council has scrapped parking charges for the first two hours in Brigg, and one hour's free parking will also be introduced in Scunthorpe and Ashby in the next few weeks.

Cllr Nigel Sherwood, the cabinet member responsible for highways and neighbourhoods had this to say:
“We are making it easier and cheaper for people to visit the town centres and I hope this will lead to an upturn in trade."

I hope it will too, because as we have seen in places like Salisbury, where the council has treated motorists as cash cows, shoppers have left town and city centres in droves in order to avoid high parking charges.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="274" caption="Two hours free parking!"][/caption]

This news will be particularly welcome for independent shopkeepers - the lifeblood of local economies the length and breadth of the country. They are already struggling thanks to the economic problems we are all facing, and the crippling high business rates they are forced to pay the government. Anything that encourages more shoppers to park-up and spend their money with them, is good news.

I hope Hull City Council takes note of what is happening across the Humber, and takes up my suggestion of introducing free on-street parking in the city centre on Sundays. This is another way of encouraging visitors and shoppers, rather than turning them away.

If you live, work, or study in Hull, please sign my parking petition, and help local businesses.After all the stories I have commented on in recent months about car parking charges, it is refreshing to hear about a council that has decided to make it cheaper for residents and visitors to park. From yesterday, North Lincolnshire Council has scrapped parking charges for the first two hours in Brigg, and one hour's free parking will also be introduced in Scunthorpe and Ashby in the next few weeks.

Cllr Nigel Sherwood, the cabinet member responsible for highways and neighbourhoods had this to say:
“We are making it easier and cheaper for people to visit the town centres and I hope this will lead to an upturn in trade."

I hope it will too, because as we have seen in places like Salisbury, where the council has treated motorists as cash cows, shoppers have left town and city centres in droves in order to avoid high parking charges.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="274" caption="Two hours free parking!"][/caption]

This news will be particularly welcome for independent shopkeepers - the lifeblood of local economies the length and breadth of the country. They are already struggling thanks to the economic problems we are all facing, and the crippling high business rates they are forced to pay the government. Anything that encourages more shoppers to park-up and spend their money with them, is good news.

I hope Hull City Council takes note of what is happening across the Humber, and takes up my suggestion of introducing free on-street parking in the city centre on Sundays. This is another way of encouraging visitors and shoppers, rather than turning them away.

If you live, work, or study in Hull, please sign my parking petition, and help local businesses.

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