Free weekend parking in Bolton town centre multi-storeys to continue for another year

The Bolton News: The Deane Road multi-storey car park The Deane Road multi-storey car park

LEADER of Bolton Council Cllr Cliff Morris said he intends to extend the free parking scheme for another 12 months.

Shoppers and visitors to Bolton town centre have had free car parking in the Octagon, Topp Way and Deane Road car parks every weekend in a bid to bring more people into the town.

The scheme — which also included free parking from 3pm on week days over the festive period — was due to end in three months, but Cllr Morris said it will carry it on until May 2015 after bosses set aside £500,000 for the plans.

He added: “The recent change in ownership of the Market Place and the exciting developments which are already under way there, including a town centre cinema, is further evidence of increased confidence in our plans for the town centre.”

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4:49pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

£500,000 straight into the coffers of NSL, less the bankhander,

I do not want my money going to NSL , disgusting
£500,000 straight into the coffers of NSL, less the bankhander, I do not want my money going to NSL , disgusting Jim271
  • Score: 7

5:00pm Thu 27 Feb 14

stereo_world says...

I think 50% of the comments on this site is moaning about free parking. Surely this will please some people.
I think 50% of the comments on this site is moaning about free parking. Surely this will please some people. stereo_world
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

thealexweb says...

stereo_world wrote:
I think 50% of the comments on this site is moaning about free parking. Surely this will please some people.
The new problem is £500,000 of taxpayers money is being handed over to the companies that run the car parks. What was wrong with the council owning and operating its own car parks?
[quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: I think 50% of the comments on this site is moaning about free parking. Surely this will please some people.[/p][/quote]The new problem is £500,000 of taxpayers money is being handed over to the companies that run the car parks. What was wrong with the council owning and operating its own car parks? thealexweb
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Thu 27 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Well done to Clueless Cliff. (Takes tongue out of cheek) To attract people into the 5h1th0Le that is Bolton town centre, free car parking in three away from the town centre car parks isn't going to really achieve much. If the scheme had been so well used then the town centre would be a lot busier than it is.
Well done to Clueless Cliff. (Takes tongue out of cheek) To attract people into the 5h1th0Le that is Bolton town centre, free car parking in three away from the town centre car parks isn't going to really achieve much. If the scheme had been so well used then the town centre would be a lot busier than it is. wsw69
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

Jim271 wrote:
£500,000 straight into the coffers of NSL, less the bankhander,

I do not want my money going to NSL , disgusting
Jim,

I would have put 'less the alleged backhander', unless you are wadded and awash with cash to pay for slanderous comments, lol. I agree with 99% of what you have put ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: £500,000 straight into the coffers of NSL, less the bankhander, I do not want my money going to NSL , disgusting[/p][/quote]Jim, I would have put 'less the alleged backhander', unless you are wadded and awash with cash to pay for slanderous comments, lol. I agree with 99% of what you have put ;-) wsw69
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

The carparks are OWNED by Bolton Council but it is NCP that operate the carparks on behalf of Bolton Council so, basically Bolton Council DO get the money.

You have to remember that by law ALL Council departments have to be auctioned/outsourced to the cheapest bidder - in this case NCP won the 30year which was previously held by APCOA and before then the in-house parking department! But these outsourced departments are working on behalf of the council and as such they are the council!!!

In the end Bolton Council have the final say on what happens with the carparks!
The carparks are OWNED by Bolton Council but it is NCP that operate the carparks on behalf of Bolton Council so, basically Bolton Council DO get the money. You have to remember that by law ALL Council departments have to be auctioned/outsourced to the cheapest bidder - in this case NCP won the 30year which was previously held by APCOA and before then the in-house parking department! But these outsourced departments are working on behalf of the council and as such they are the council!!! In the end Bolton Council have the final say on what happens with the carparks! BWFC71
  • Score: 0

10:08am Fri 28 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

BOLTON COUNCIL HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN TAKING BACK HANDERS FROM NCP , WHAT KIND OF COUNCIL HANDS OVER A 30 YEAR CONTRACT.

THE BUS LANE ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM IN MANCHESTER WAS INTRODUCED BY A LADY CALLED KATE RENNICKS, WHO WAS FIRED AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT MANY OF THE CAMERAS WERE ISSUEING FINES ILLEGALLY. SHE NOW WORKS FOR METRONET WHO ARE THE COMPANY THAT SUPPLIED THE CAMERAS. SOME CAMERAS RACK IN £30K A MONTH AND THAT MONEY IS NOT USED FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE BUT TO EXPAND THE SYSTEM.

There you go Morris, feel free to sue me, but you will not because that will uncover a few facts you want to keep secret.
BOLTON COUNCIL HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN TAKING BACK HANDERS FROM NCP , WHAT KIND OF COUNCIL HANDS OVER A 30 YEAR CONTRACT. THE BUS LANE ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM IN MANCHESTER WAS INTRODUCED BY A LADY CALLED KATE RENNICKS, WHO WAS FIRED AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT MANY OF THE CAMERAS WERE ISSUEING FINES ILLEGALLY. SHE NOW WORKS FOR METRONET WHO ARE THE COMPANY THAT SUPPLIED THE CAMERAS. SOME CAMERAS RACK IN £30K A MONTH AND THAT MONEY IS NOT USED FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE BUT TO EXPAND THE SYSTEM. There you go Morris, feel free to sue me, but you will not because that will uncover a few facts you want to keep secret. Jim271
  • Score: 3

11:05am Fri 28 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Yet another example of do as we say, not as we do.

Bolton Council are forever preaching at us about healthy eating, excercising, and cutting down traffic pollution.

We should be encouraging people to use the buses and trains.

If people want to pollute our town with exhaust fumes, and bring the roads to a standstill every morning and evening, then they should pay for doing so.
Yet another example of do as we say, not as we do. Bolton Council are forever preaching at us about healthy eating, excercising, and cutting down traffic pollution. We should be encouraging people to use the buses and trains. If people want to pollute our town with exhaust fumes, and bring the roads to a standstill every morning and evening, then they should pay for doing so. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

calum141 says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
Yet another example of do as we say, not as we do.

Bolton Council are forever preaching at us about healthy eating, excercising, and cutting down traffic pollution.

We should be encouraging people to use the buses and trains.

If people want to pollute our town with exhaust fumes, and bring the roads to a standstill every morning and evening, then they should pay for doing so.
If people don't want to use unreliable buses and trains of Bolton and drive into the town centre, that's fine - they're using and supporting Bolton town centre's businesses.

If we go ahead with your solution of "paying" for driving into our town, then people will simply use the free use of Trafford Centre, Middlebrook and so on and then the town centre will not improve, jobs will be lost etc.

You need to reliase it is going to take at least 10 years to improve the public transport system - once people are convinced it is worthwhile to use public transport due to it's excellent value, reliability and comfort then maybe then, your comments will be valid.
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Yet another example of do as we say, not as we do. Bolton Council are forever preaching at us about healthy eating, excercising, and cutting down traffic pollution. We should be encouraging people to use the buses and trains. If people want to pollute our town with exhaust fumes, and bring the roads to a standstill every morning and evening, then they should pay for doing so.[/p][/quote]If people don't want to use unreliable buses and trains of Bolton and drive into the town centre, that's fine - they're using and supporting Bolton town centre's businesses. If we go ahead with your solution of "paying" for driving into our town, then people will simply use the free use of Trafford Centre, Middlebrook and so on and then the town centre will not improve, jobs will be lost etc. You need to reliase it is going to take at least 10 years to improve the public transport system - once people are convinced it is worthwhile to use public transport due to it's excellent value, reliability and comfort then maybe then, your comments will be valid. calum141
  • Score: 2

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