Car parking freeze ‘to boost economy’

Central Car Park, Blackpool.

Central Car Park, Blackpool.

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Blackpool Council has frozen its parking charges for the coming financial year.

Motorists will see no change to fees for parking on any of the council’s 20 public car parks or for on-street parking.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said he hoped the move would help the town’s economy.

He said: “We’ve frozen parking charges this year in order to help residents, business and visitors.

“While we find that location rather than price tends to determine where people, in particular visitors, choose to park, we were really keen not to place any further burden on residents in terms of cost.

“As well as helping residents, our top priority, we hope it will also have a positive impact on business.”

Coun Jones also welcomed a government initiative to give drivers a 10 minute period of grace when they return to their cars, before any fines are imposed for staying too long.

He said: “It is good to see that the Government is finally catching up with a policy we introduced four years ago.

“We want to make sure people who are visiting Blackpool for a holiday, to go shopping or to see a show, leave having enjoyed a positive experience.

“For many years we have been giving motorists 10 minutes grace once their parking ticket had expired.

“It’s a small gesture but one that people appreciate.”

Parking revenue in Blackpool has increased this year.

The latest figures, up until December, show the number of people using car parks in the resort is up by 107,258, compared to 2013/14, with income up by £263,555.