Sunday charges could be axed at some Shropshire Council car parks – while others motorists will have to pay a £2.50 flat rate on the same day, it was revealed today.
Sunday charges could be axed at some Shropshire Council car parks – while others will have to pay a £2.50 flat rate on the same day, it was revealed today.
Car parks in Shifnal, Ellesmere, Wem, Church Stretton and Much Wenlock will all get free parking on Sundays under the plans.
But the £2.50 charge will apply at council car parks in Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Ludlow.
Market Drayton’s Towers Lawn car park and Whitchurch’s Newtown, St John’s Street, and Brownlow Street sites will also be made free.
The £2.50 charge would also apply at Frogmore and Queen Street in Market Drayton, and at Castle Hill and Pepper Street in Whitchurch, but excludes sites for lorries.
The move is part of a Shropshire Council shake-up aimed at bringing more shoppers into the county’s towns following a big fall in car park revenue.
The authority saw its car parking profit fall by £470,000 in the 2011/12 financial year.
Some car parks, such as Wem and Whitchurch, made losses of more than £20,000 each. The changes will be discussed by councillors next week.
Councillor Simon Jones said there had been complaints from some of the market towns that visitors had to pay for parking when few shops were open.