Car park charges cut to help shops ride out recession
PARKING charges are to be cut to £1 a day to encourage more people to shop in Stapleford and Beeston.
The price reduction is being brought in at two car parks, Halls Road in Stapleford and Derby Street Middle, Beeston, after a decision by senior councillors at Broxtowe Borough Council.
At present it is free to stay at the Halls Road car parks for an hour, then it is £1 for two extra hours or all day for £1.50 from 8am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays.
At Derby Street Middle, the first hour is also free, then it is £1.50 for an extra three hours, or £3 for an all day ticket.
Now shoppers and business owners will be able to stay at either car park all day for just £1. The first hour will remain free.
Beeston Central councillor Patrick Lally welcomed the new charges.
He said: “It will hopefully reduce on-street car parking during the day and make it more convenient for residents.
“Our car parks are very safe, secure and patrolled regularly. I think everyone will benefit from this.”
John Delaney, the council’s head of built environment, was also in favour of the move.
He said: “I hope it will encourage greater use of the car parks and support some of the shopkeepers and businesses in Stapleford.”
Helen Blanshard, manager of Simply First, a school uniform retailer, in Derby Road, said that the price reduction should help bring more customers into her shop.
She said: “It is excellent. Hopefully it will entice more people to stay here longer. Even 50p makes a difference. It all adds up.”
Richard MacRae, who runs the Stapleford Community Group was at the council cabinet meeting, when the decision to reduce the parking charges was made. He said: “Anything that can be done to get people down that end of Stapleford is good.
“It is really good news and I am sure the traders down there will be over the moon.”
In April the Post reported that Stapleford resident Steven Spencer has been given 70 parking tickets outside his home in Derby Road.
He said that the reduction in the charges at Halls Road car park, which is a five minute walk from his house, would not help his situation.
By Rebecca Smith-Dawkins