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Saturday 27 July 2013

‘Free after Three’ parking introduced by Cheshire East Council


Motorists will enjoy free car parking as part of a new initiative by Cheshire East Council.

From August 5, parking on seven car parks across the Borough will be free of charge from 3pm each day.

All-day parkers will also see their usual costs reduced as part of the scheme, known as Free after Three.

The Council has introduced the changes in a bid to support businesses and encourage more people to visit their local town or village centre.

Earlier this year, the Council announced that Free after Three would be trialled on the Whalley Hayes car park, in Macclesfield, and this has been in place since July 1.

Now, six more car parks at: Christchurch, in Crewe; Snow Hill, in Nantwich; South Street, in Alderley Edge; Back Park Street, in Congleton; Spring Street, in Wilmslow; and Princess Street in Knutsford will benefit from the scheme.

Councillor David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “I am pleased to announce this initiative, which is designed to help our businesses during what I realise are difficult trading conditions on the high street.

“We also want residents to have the opportunity to spend time in their local town or village centres without having to pay for parking.

“The Whalley Hayes car park, in Macclesfield, has been very busy since we introduced this and I do hope that businesses will gradually be able to notice a difference.”

Free after Three will be reviewed after six months. Revised charges for the seven car parks will be displayed on the tariff boards and/or next to pay-and-display machines.

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