Thursday, November 12, 2009

News: Free parking in Rotherham town centre


Free weekend parking in Rotherham town centre is being introduced from November 21 to the end of December, providing a welcomed boost for town centre retailers and shoppers.

Rotherham Council is also set to recreate 35 parking spaces on the old abattoir site behind the NatWest bank building on Corporation Street.

This site is identified for a £3.5m public space scheme which will include 50 permanent under croft parking spaces. However, until development works start, the council agreed to create temporary parking from November 6 in time for Christmas shopping, in an area which retailers have identified would benefit from additional spaces.

The move follows on from the Free after 3 parking initiative introduced earlier this year.

Manager of Adams in Rotherham Linda Bough said: "We've been pleased to see a boost in footfall and our figures since the launch of the Free after 3pm parking initiative.

Some of our shoppers are changing their habits and coming in after 3pm due to the initiative. However, thanks to the Free after 3 we have also seen some new customers and also a rise in the value of the individual transactions made.

"We hope this next phase of free Saturday parking will further boost sales leading up to Christmas."

The Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation, Cllr Gerald Smith, said: "Retail is hugely important to the centre's economy and I hope that, by offering free parking on Saturdays, people will be encouraged to shop in Rotherham and retailers will see the benefit in these challenging times."

Rotherham town centre website



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