Town centre giveaway to boost shopping
Most councils are well-down on revenues they usually make from parking as travel reduced to a fraction of its normal level during lockdown. But Mid Devon District Council's announced a further giveaway. It's making parking free in its main towns in a bid to revive the local economy.
With shops, businesses and restaurants closed for months during lockdown, the council says it's acutely aware of the economic impact on local traders and jobs.
So for two months from 1 August, two hours free parking is permitted in selected car parks in Crediton, Cullompton and Tiverton.
Cllr Alex White, cabinet member for finance, said: "By offering an element of free parking, we’re able to balance the need to secure some income from parking to maintain our service delivery, whilst encouraging more time in our High Streets and spending in our local businesses.”
The council says it has also supported businesses through grant schemes: issuing more than £20 million so far. Deputy chief executive Andrew Jarrett said: “We’re lucky they’ve been able to quickly adapt to ensure the funds were released to those who needed it in Mid Devon, as soon as possible. We’re working with business forums and the county council to ensure this work continues as the lockdown eases and the focus turns towards economic recovery, with the strict safety measures in place.”
The following car parks will allow a two hour free parking period between 8 am and 6 pm:
Market Place, Tiverton
Market Street, Crediton
Station Road, Cullompton
A 'free ticket' from the machine must still be displayed on arrival by entering the last the digits of the vehicle's registration number and pressing the green button to print.