Charges for on-street parking spaces in Burton town centre will be suspended from Monday to help local business during the closure of St Peter’s Bridge.
Staffordshire County Council says the free parking will also support a campaign to promote Burton businesses in the run up to Christmas as the bridge reopens.
With the closure of St Peter’s Bridge in place until the end November, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said every effort would be made to support local traders where possible during the works.
With a project of this scale disruption is inevitable and we understand how difficult this has been for people and we thank everyone for their continued patience. We want to do everything we can to help local traders, so when we were asked by businesses to lift charges for on-street parking, we were keen to do so.
This will run through to the end of the year and tie in well with our plans for a campaign to promote Burton businesses in the busy spell in the run up to Christmas.”
The parking bays, which are usually charged at meters, are situated on two town centre streets. Parking meters will be covered with display signs to inform people they do not need to buy tickets.
The county council is also looking to see what business advice might be available to help traders during the bridge closure.
The £6.1million project announced by Government in August will see essential repairs carried out to both St Peter’s Bridge and Burton Bridge. Crews are currently working from 7.30am to 10.30pm six days a week and although due to the nature of the work overnight working isn’t feasible, Helen said they are looking for any opportunities to expedite the work as it progresses.
This is a very complex engineering project and due to a number of factors including presence and movement of plant machinery on the bridge, safety constraints, noise, availability of trained crews and the actual time required for some elements of the work to settle, round –the clock working unfortunately isn’t feasible. We are looking to reopen the bridge by the end of November and sooner if possible.”
People can sign up for updates at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/burtonbridges
The county council parking bays are located in Lichfield Street and Manor Croft. Charges would normally apply every day from 8am to 8pm.