On-street car parking charges frozen again
9:05am Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
THE cost of on-street car parking has been frozen by Bolton Council for the second year running.
The authority has frozen its inner band charges at £1 for half an hour and £1.50 for an hour, as well as its outer band charges at 60p for half an hour and 90p for an hour.
The council said the decision means its on-street parking charges have stayed the same for more than 18 months.
The move follows a free parking campaign which ran between November and January in which free parking was offered on weekdays after 3pm and all day Saturday and Sunday at the multi-storey car parks in Bow Street, Deane Road, Topp Way and at the Octagon.
Parking was also free all day on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to encourage more shoppers into the town centre.
The Bolton News reported earlier this week how the authority had also set aside £500,000 for another free parking campaign and, although details have yet to be ironed out, it could include ongoing free parking at the multi-storey car parks on a Saturday or in the week after 3pm, starting as soon as April.
The council said its festive free parking drive was “extremely successful” and hopes freezing on-street charges will continue to encourage people to visit the town centre and boost the local economy. Cllr Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for environment, regulatory services and skills, said: “We appreciate that times are tough for retailers and residents, and we want to do everything in our power to encourage people to keep visiting the town centre.
“Over the Christmas period we had feedback from retailers that free parking was a real success, and we hope that freezing on-street car parking will keep that momentum and further boost high street trade and support our businesses.”
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