Free half-hour parking hits top gear
Residents have given a massive thumbs-up to the free 30 minute parking bays which have been provided in Erewash Borough Council’s town centre car parks . . . with more than 40,000 users snapping up the option in the first three months.
The council launched the free half-hour bays at the end of August and they immediately proved popular with residents, who welcomed the opportunity to park for free for short shopping visits to Ilkeston or Long Eaton town centres.
The provision of the free bays in selected town centre car parks was launched as part of the council’s wider ranging free parking scheme to attract residents and visitors into the towns and to support local traders.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is great news and we are delighted that residents have so clearly welcomed the chance to ‘stop and shop’ and have embraced our drive to encourage people into our town centres. It is another example of our commitment to do all we can to help our High Streets – but we also want to applaud residents for using this opportunity and for showing their support for their home town. By working together and ‘shopping local’ we can make a difference.”
Drivers park in the designated 30 minute bays and obtain a timed ticket from the machine to display in their vehicle. Figures show that more than 40,000 of the half-hour bay tickets have been taken from the machines since the start of the scheme.
The good news follows the launch this week of the council’s three weeks of 24 hour free parking in all its car park between 16 December and Friday 3 January inclusive in a further move to encourage residents and visitors into Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.