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Business boost as temporary town centre parking scheme extended

A temporary scheme to enable people to park for longer in Stafford town centre if they’re using one of the businesses located there is being extended until March.

Staffordshire County Council, working with Stafford Borough Council, introduced the scheme in November last year after meeting with town centre traders about ongoing parking issues. With the town’s Kingsmead car park still to open, traders had asked if there would be any possibility of allowing longer on street parking than the usual two hours.

The temporary permit scheme allows people to park for up to two hours with permits distributed by the businesses to their customers. The scheme will apply to 37 spaces in North Walls and Salter Street. In addition to the car parking spaces, the scheme will also apply to five taxi rank spaces in Salter Street following agreement with Stafford Borough Council.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:

We want to support local businesses wherever we can and launched the temporary parking scheme before Christmas after we met with local traders. We’re pleased to announce an extension to the scheme until early March. We understand the issues they face in terms of encouraging people to visit that part of the town centre, especially with the Kingsmead car park out of action. This scheme allows longer parking in certain spaces and is operated by the businesses themselves. In the longer term we will be looking to develop a wider parking strategy with the borough council. I’d again like to thank the borough council for working with us. This demonstrates how we can work with local businesses to overcome issues affecting their trade.”

The scheme has been extended until Monday March 6.