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10p to park in Trafford towns

Three-year measure to draw in shoppers

Published on March 14th 2011.


10p to park in Trafford towns

HERE’S an idea we like from Trafford Council.

Parking charges across the borough are being slashed to help boost town centres. Visitors will soon be able to park for just 10p for 1 hour in all of the council’s car parks and on-street charging areas.

After that, people will be asked to pay 30p for two hours and 70p for three hours parking.

The decision comes after a three-week public consultation with residents and local businesses which drew more than 300 responses on how to encourage people to make better use of the town centres.

All day parking prices in off-street car parks will be increased slightly to £3 so the lower short-term tariffs can be introduced, except the Regent Road car park, which will be £6.

Other plans to come out of the consultation include an App for drivers to download information showing the current availability in car parks in Altrincham. The option to pay for parking by debit or credit cards will also be introduced.

Clearer information to identify the numerous areas of free limited parking facilities currently available (short and long stay) as well as disabled facilities and Shopmobility assistance will also be provided.

Leader of Trafford Council, Matt Colledge, said: "Slashing the cost to park is a clear indication of the council’s commitment to support our town centres. Feedback from our temporary ‘free after three’ measure showed that visitors to our towns wanted the flexibility to park cheaply at anytime of the day and I believe these large reductions achieve this.

“At a time when many councils are looking to increase parking charges I am pleased we are able to cut charges to encourage people in to our towns."

Changes will start to be introduced as soon as possible with the change in parking charges expected to be made from July. Further details will be provided.

The cost of the measure is £500,000 per year and has been included in the council’s budget plans for the next three years.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Captain FMarch 14th 2011.

That must be Altrincham parking - there's nobody parking there.

Edless ChickenMarch 14th 2011.

This brilliant idea will surely sound the deathknell for Dumplington Precinct? A stroke of genius from the intellectual hotbed that is Trafford Council. Im envisage people will come flocking from far and wide to sample the cheap parking and excellent town centres of Sale and Altrincham. I believe Brucie Whittaker is so worried for the future of his precinct that he has jumped on the first ferry out of the Isle of Man to come back and face this assault head on.

Soon-to-be 7 day car juggler.March 15th 2011.

This, just after our council has sent out notices about how they HAVE to increase parking charges and increase the hours from 7am to 7pm and do this 7 days a week....apparently this will fill the gap in the budget.

Carl ParkerMarch 15th 2011.

Great work Trafford.

Only 10 years too late.

All the shops have gone in Altrincham!

JohnMarch 15th 2011.

So the penny, or in this case the ten pence piece, has finally dropped with at least one council, that bleeding the motorist with parking charges leads to empty shops. I visited Manchester city centre last week for the first time this year only to find the shops deserted no doubt largely due to the greedy, short sighted City Council jacking up their already extortionate charges.

AnonymousMarch 15th 2011.

Well John, the empty shops may well be down to the recession. The increase in parking charges is, I agree, a problem. However I doubt it's motivated by greed. More likely part of the council's strategy for political point scoring from the cuts. Why don't they start to crack down on the owners of low slung sports cars showing disabled badges whose owners park on the double yellows outside San Carlo?

JohnMarch 16th 2011.

Well Anonymous, I'm sure that you're right that the recession is the main reason that the shops are empty, which makes it a really stupid time to be kicking Manchester businesses when they're down by jacking up parking charges. In the same way that road fund licenses and petrol tax were originally designed to pay for the roads until the government clocked that they were just another way to bleed the suckers in the population, Manchester Council discovered that parking charges were a nice little earner and are now addicted to exploiting them with no thought of the damage that they do to city centre businesses.

Christopher BryanMarch 17th 2011.

Shops were deserted where they John?

I suppose the Arndale are lying when they said this last year saw a record amount of footfall...

JohnMarch 23rd 2011.

Yes CB and any others with learning difficulties, the shops were deserted in the first week in March, not last year.

Christopher BryanMarch 23rd 2011.

How very tactful of you John.

38 million visitors in 2010 has now reduced to in March 2011 to "deserted" according to 'Johns' very robust footfall survey.

D KesslerMarch 23rd 2011.

Footfall doesn't mean anyone bought anything! Who surveys 'footfall' for Pete's sake. It's dollar that counts and that's DOWN (and unsurprisingly not published)!

JohnApril 12th 2011.

I rest my case: High street in biggest ever sales slump
Last updated: Tue 12th April, 2011 | Time: 08:02am
The UK high street has experienced its biggest sales drop in history, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Figures revealed that sales in March were down 1.9 per cent on a year ago, which is the biggest decline since the start of the trade body's monthly survey in 1995.

The BRC also warned that weaker retailers may not be able to carry on if such low levels of spending continue.

Stephen Robertson, BRC director general, said: "Falling disposable incomes and the fear of worse to come means people don't want to spend. There's only so much discounts and promotions can do to overcome that.”

Like-for-like sales were also down 3.5 per cent, the worst since April 2005. Internet sales sunk, representing the slowest growth rate since records began in 2008.

According to the survey, clothes sales were down and book sales suffered their largest decline since 2005.

DIY and gardening also struggled and consumers were put off buying big electrical items, this market was largely driven by promotions.

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