To help attract shoppers back to the town centres as part of its Shop Small campaign, Ashfield District Council is reintroducing two hours free parking in all its town centre carparks.
All Council car parks have been free since the start of the last lockdown, in a bid to support key workers who were out working across the District throughout the pandemic. From Monday 7th June two hours free parking will be reintroduced in our town centre car parks and charges will be reintroduced at our District wide car parks.
Cllr David Martin, Cabinet Member for Streets, Parks and Town Centres said “It is fantastic that so many workers and shoppers have taken advantage of free parking across the District. With the reopening of the retail, personal care and hospitality industries we are keen to support them by ensuring there is parking available throughout the day for customers.
Car park users will still need a parking voucher for the two hours free parking, as well as any subsequent hours after that.
Cllr David Martin continues “Footfall is on the increase in all our town centres and the importance of short stay parking at this time is a priority for us to support local businesses. Our Shop Small campaign is encouraging residents to shop small and support their local high street.”
Cashless transactions for parking fees have also been introduced via a mobile app.
The Council is working with industry experts PayByPhone to ensure charges in car parks can be paid for without the need for cash or use of the on-site machines. This includes the ability to extend your stay at a car park directly through the app.
The 20mph restrictions that have been place in parts of the town centres will also be lifted.