Thursday, 15 December 2011

Free parking in Bury?

One of the recommendations of Mary Portas' report is that councils should consider making their parking offer more attractive, even considering free parking. Would this work for Bury?

My personal view is that since car parking numbers continue to increase, and space is limited, the council have probably got the charges about right. There has also been due consideration given to creating short stay parking to encourage a turnover of spaces.

The council clearly gain a considerable income from car parking, and having invested £4m into the underground car park that would seem reasonable. More importantly, the report begs the question: should all council tax payers subsidise parking for those who visit from elsewhere?

But this is only one of 28 recommendations, many of which are for government to consider.

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