‘Free after three’ parking offer – January/February 2016
Release date: 4 January 2016
Cotswold District Council has emphasised that it will be allowing motorists to park for free after 3 pm in several of its car parks on every day during January and February 2016.
The following Council-owned car parks will be free after 3pm:
The Brewery Cirencester
The Forum Cirencester
West Street Tetbury
Church Street Tetbury
Rissington Rd Bourton-on-the-Water
Maugersbury Rd Stow-on-the-Wold
Old Market Way Moreton-in-Marsh
Commenting on the free offer, Cllr Chris Hancock, the Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, said:
“Motorists and local traders have welcomed this offer at a time of year when many retail businesses appreciate a boost to encourage more footfall in shops.
“We have excluded some car parks because they tend to be very busy at all times of the year and we wanted to increase demand in those which tend to offer more vacant spaces. Following a few misunderstandings about the timing of the offer, we have clarified signs in the selected car parks to stress to motorists that parking is only free AFTER 3 pm. I should also add that anyone who pays inadvertently after 3 pm in one of the car parks covered by the free offer will be reimbursed provided they contact our parking team at email@example.com with details.”
Cllr Lynden Stowe, the Leader of the Council, added:
“We want to ensure that motorists using our car parks continue to get a good deal. We have frozen parking charges since 2010 and the introduction of a half hour tariff in all our car parks has also been welcomed. This ‘free after three’ parking incentive during January and February is yet another example of how we are trying to balance the need for parking income to pay for services with requests from traders to provide parking concessions on occasions.”