Free parking scheme to boost business in Ellesmere Port

Free parking scheme to boost business in Ellesmere Port

Free parking scheme to boost business in Ellesmere Port

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Free parking is to be introduced at Ellesmere Port in a bid to boost business for the town.

The move will let drivers park free of charge for up to four hours to encourage more visitors and support shops along Whitby Road and the rest of the town centre.

Running for a full year from this April , the pilot scheme at the Westminster car park will be funded by the town centre improvement advisory body.

Cheshire West and Chester Council executive member for localities, Cllr Lynn Riley, said: “This is a great example of the council working in partnership with the local community to highlight their needs and find real solutions.

“The town centre improvement advisory body is made up of local people and organisations who are all working towards one aim - making Ellesmere Port a better place to live, work and visit by improving the town centre for all.

“I hope offering free parking will ensure more people visit the shops and market within the town centre, something which will no doubt be a real boost for traders.”

Previously costing 50p to park for up to two hours and £1 all day, the cost of staying longer than four hours will remain at £1.

Motorists should continue to show a pay-and-display ticket in their vehicles to indicate arrival times and prevent overstaying.

Chairman of the improvement advisory body, Les Lyon, said: “I'm pleased Cheshire West and Chester Council have agreed to accept the offer of funding from the town centre improvements program for this trial period of free parking.

“We also hope it will send a clear message of welcome to shoppers in the town, which is vital in today’s climate of pressure on the high street retail offer.”

Wirral Council brought in a "Free after 3" scheme to encourage more people to shop in Birkenhead, but it was scrapped last year due to cost cuts.

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12:02pm Thu 20 Mar 14

WirralAl says...

Will our councillors have the brains to carry out the same.

The Free after 3 scheme on the Wirral was scrapped to save money ???

Empty car parks mean empty shops. empty shops close down and the council make less money as they no longer get council tax.

Wake up Councillors walk round the streets of Birkenhead and Liscard and take some action to get shoppers back!!!
Will our councillors have the brains to carry out the same. The Free after 3 scheme on the Wirral was scrapped to save money ??? Empty car parks mean empty shops. empty shops close down and the council make less money as they no longer get council tax. Wake up Councillors walk round the streets of Birkenhead and Liscard and take some action to get shoppers back!!! WirralAl
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Thu 20 Mar 14

ballacrain says...

Can some one please mail wirral council a copy of this in Braile,it would be the only way they can read it.
Can some one please mail wirral council a copy of this in Braile,it would be the only way they can read it. ballacrain
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

JimmyMercury says...

Recently stopped at Thirsk in North Yorkshire. This is a small market town with a heavy influx of tourists as well as locals. Parking in the main square is free for one hour providing you get a ticket from the machine. After that it is 50p. I noted that there were no empty shops and most of them were independently owned with the exception of the banks, co-op and a Greggs.

Does this tell Wirral anything?
Recently stopped at Thirsk in North Yorkshire. This is a small market town with a heavy influx of tourists as well as locals. Parking in the main square is free for one hour providing you get a ticket from the machine. After that it is 50p. I noted that there were no empty shops and most of them were independently owned with the exception of the banks, co-op and a Greggs. Does this tell Wirral anything? JimmyMercury
  • Score: 8

3:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

There are non so blind as those that will will not see,none so deaf as those that will not hear!
There are non so blind as those that will will not see,none so deaf as those that will not hear! bigfoot
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

minimad69 says...

Congratulations EP+NBC - for thinking laterally.
WBC would rather just 'screw' their shoppers for every last penny.
Congratulations EP+NBC - for thinking laterally. WBC would rather just 'screw' their shoppers for every last penny. minimad69
  • Score: 3

8:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

Iam in Liscard and Birkenhead most days I see no empty car
parks
Iam in Liscard and Birkenhead most days I see no empty car parks Positive thinker
  • Score: -1

7:33am Fri 21 Mar 14

JohnON says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Iam in Liscard and Birkenhead most days I see no empty car
parks
"Wirral Council's car parking revenue plummets after pay-and-display increase"

http://tinyurl.com/n
ufzlmr
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Iam in Liscard and Birkenhead most days I see no empty car parks[/p][/quote]"Wirral Council's car parking revenue plummets after pay-and-display increase" http://tinyurl.com/n ufzlmr JohnON
  • Score: 2

7:39am Fri 21 Mar 14

JohnON says...

We've had this discussion before. Those people who have no option but to use the car parks will make sure they get their money's worth if the have to pay.

It's the TURNOVER of cars using each space that dictates how busy the shops are.
We've had this discussion before. Those people who have no option but to use the car parks will make sure they get their money's worth if the have to pay. It's the TURNOVER of cars using each space that dictates how busy the shops are. JohnON
  • Score: 2

10:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

benny07 says...

THE LABOUR LEADER OF THE COUNCIL ,HAS SAID IN HIS STATEMENT TO THE PUBLIC ,HE HAS DONE ALL HE CAN TO PROTECT THE MOST VUNERABLE PEOPLE ON THE WIRRAL,!! WHAT GARBAGE HE & HIS SIDE KICK CLLR BRIAN KENNY COMES OUT WITH, WELL WHAT ABOUT THE 17.684 SICK DISABLED,& UNEMPLOYED WHO THE COUNCIL PROSICUTED LAST SUMMER LIKE CRIMINALS AT BIRKENHEAD MAGISTRATES COURT,FOR OWING LESS THAN £ 150.00.,THEN TO BE CHARGED £ 65.00 PER HEAD COUNCIL,CHARGES,& AS IF THAT IS NOT HUMILIATING ENOUGH ,THEY ASK THE COURTS TO PUT ON A LIABILITY ORDER,WITH ANOTHER £ 22.OO IN CHARGES,THAT IS SO IF YOU CANT PAY OR FALL BEHIND WITH YOUR PAYMENTS THE COUNCIL CONTACT THE LOCAL COUNTY COURT BAYLIFFS TO COME TO YOUR HOME & TAKE AWAY WHAT POSSETIONS YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY THE COUNCIL,THIS LABOUR COUNCIL & CLLRS ARE JUST AS NASTY,& EVIL AS THIS TORY/LIB GOV,& THERE DAYS ARE NUMBERD ASWELL ,USE YOUR VOTE ON A FRESH FACE,NOT A CORRUPT BUNCH OF,HASBEEN,..S !!!OH CHECK YOUR TIME ON THE PARKING METERS IN BIRKENHEAD THEY ARE UP TO 6 MINS FAST TO CATCH YOU OUT,THATS HOW BENT THIS LABOUR COUNCIL IS & IS WHY WE WILL NEVER GET FREE PARKING ,THEY HAVE KILLED THE BIRKENHEAD MARKET OFF ON PURPOSE,RENTS AT £ I.400.00 A MONTH WHAT A BUNCH OF CONARTISTS,& THERES A LOT MORE GOING ON .!!
THE LABOUR LEADER OF THE COUNCIL ,HAS SAID IN HIS STATEMENT TO THE PUBLIC ,HE HAS DONE ALL HE CAN TO PROTECT THE MOST VUNERABLE PEOPLE ON THE WIRRAL,!! WHAT GARBAGE HE & HIS SIDE KICK CLLR BRIAN KENNY COMES OUT WITH, WELL WHAT ABOUT THE 17.684 SICK DISABLED,& UNEMPLOYED WHO THE COUNCIL PROSICUTED LAST SUMMER LIKE CRIMINALS AT BIRKENHEAD MAGISTRATES COURT,FOR OWING LESS THAN £ 150.00.,THEN TO BE CHARGED £ 65.00 PER HEAD COUNCIL,CHARGES,& AS IF THAT IS NOT HUMILIATING ENOUGH ,THEY ASK THE COURTS TO PUT ON A LIABILITY ORDER,WITH ANOTHER £ 22.OO IN CHARGES,THAT IS SO IF YOU CANT PAY OR FALL BEHIND WITH YOUR PAYMENTS THE COUNCIL CONTACT THE LOCAL COUNTY COURT BAYLIFFS TO COME TO YOUR HOME & TAKE AWAY WHAT POSSETIONS YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY THE COUNCIL,THIS LABOUR COUNCIL & CLLRS ARE JUST AS NASTY,& EVIL AS THIS TORY/LIB GOV,& THERE DAYS ARE NUMBERD ASWELL ,USE YOUR VOTE ON A FRESH FACE,NOT A CORRUPT BUNCH OF,HASBEEN,..S !!!OH CHECK YOUR TIME ON THE PARKING METERS IN BIRKENHEAD THEY ARE UP TO 6 MINS FAST TO CATCH YOU OUT,THATS HOW BENT THIS LABOUR COUNCIL IS & IS WHY WE WILL NEVER GET FREE PARKING ,THEY HAVE KILLED THE BIRKENHEAD MARKET OFF ON PURPOSE,RENTS AT £ I.400.00 A MONTH WHAT A BUNCH OF CONARTISTS,& THERES A LOT MORE GOING ON .!! benny07
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

benny07 says...

KEEP A SHARP EYE ON THIS BLOG ,WHEN THE LABOUR COUNCIL DONT LIKE IT ,THEY GET THERE M8S AT THE GLOBE TO ERASE,ANY DECENT.SAME AS THE BBC ,GCHQ MI4/5/6,AN WHO EVER ELSE HAS GOT THERE CORRUPT SNOUT IN THE TROUGH,!!.
KEEP A SHARP EYE ON THIS BLOG ,WHEN THE LABOUR COUNCIL DONT LIKE IT ,THEY GET THERE M8S AT THE GLOBE TO ERASE,ANY DECENT.SAME AS THE BBC ,GCHQ MI4/5/6,AN WHO EVER ELSE HAS GOT THERE CORRUPT SNOUT IN THE TROUGH,!!. benny07
  • Score: 2

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