Wiltshire Council have announced that they will be providing free parking from midday on a weekday with no charges at all on a weekend across Salisbury City Centre.
The free charges have come about after the Russian poisoning case saw the council giving free parking to attract shoppers back into the city, feedback from business owners have indicated an upturn in trade.
Residents and Business owners of Andover have continually requested free parking from Test Valley Borough Council for Andover in order to revive the town, however this has never been implemented, apart from a ‘buy one get one free’ parking scheme at Christmas, which requires the user to print out a poster and display it in their windscreen.
TVBC did not raise parking charges this year, however have regularly over the last few years, it is now a whopping £1.60 to park for two hours.
The comment from Wiltshire Council can be read below.
Changes To Free Parking in Salisbury.
Following feedback from local businesses on the impact of free parking, from Monday 14 May Wiltshire Council-run car parks in Salisbury will change to free from midday on weekdays, and continue to be free all day on Saturday and Sunday. The five park and ride sites that serve the city will continue to be free.
The new arrangements reflect the views and feedback from local businesses that the free car parking to a large extent was being taken up by commuters and workers and minimising space available for visitors to the city’s attractions and shops.