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Council considers "free after 3" parking scheme

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Monday, 21 December, 2020

Burnley Council is considering introducing a "free after 3" car parking scheme to help boost the local economy.

If agreed, motorists will be able to park for free on all council-run car parks across the borough from 3pm, every day of the week. Charges will still apply at other times of the day.

The scheme would run for a three-month trial period, starting on 20th February 2021. It would then be reviewed with a view to extending it further.

The proposals will be discussed with town centre businesses before any final decision is made.

Councillors also agreed to freeze car parking charges in 2021/22 - continuing a trend that has been in place for several years.

Burnley Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: "We want to get as many people as possible coming to Burnley town centre in 2021, especially after the past 12 months traders have had to face.

“This would encourage shoppers to come into Burnley and help boost trade for local businesses at a time of the day when things generally start to quieten off."

Councillor Asif Raja, executive member for economy and growth, said: "This is great news for shoppers and local businesses alike.

"We will speak to town centre businesses to get their views before we make a final decision but I think it's a very positive move.

"It will help encourage people to come into Burnley town centre later in the afternoon, helping to spread the number of visitors over the whole day.

"If agreed we will need to put signage up in the car parks and make sure we let as many people know about it as possible so we attract more visitors to Burnley town centre from a wide area."

The 3pm deadline was chosen so that the spaces will be used by shoppers rather than town centre workers.

The council operates 16 short stay car parks in Burnley town centre, offering a total of 1,059 spaces.

 

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