UPDATE 24th July 2018

Thank you to all BID members who responded to our latest petition in June opposing the proposal to introduce evening charging in Frankwell Car Park which we presented to Shropshire Council.

We can report that the latest proposals due to be agreed by Shropshire Council at its cabinet meeting this Wednesday 25th July have scrapped evening charging in Frankwell (in addition to St Julian’s Friars and Abbey Foregate previously negotiated by Shrewsbury BID).

In September 2017 Shrewsbury BID expressed its deep concern at Shropshire Council car parking proposals.   We consulted widely with our members and organised a public meeting with Shropshire Council to outline our concerns:

  • Introduction of uncapped linear charging in all car parks
  • Uncompetitive pricing of car parks (in particular St Julian’s Friars)
  • Removal of £1 Sunday offer
  • Removal of Pop and Shop
  • Introduction of evening charging in all car parks
  • Introduction of charges for coaches

 

Shrewsbury BID worked closely with car parking experts AECOM on a robust and professional consultation response and held meetings with senior Council officers.

Following dialogue and full engagement with two consultations, Shrewsbury BID has secured significant changes and improvements to the strategy summarised below.

The final proposals are due to be agreed by Shropshire Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday 25th July 2018.

Summary of final proposals

  • HOURLY charging in Abbey Foregate (50p per hour), Frankwell (70p per hour), St Julian’s Friars (£1 per hour), Raven Meadows (£1.80 per hour), On-street (£2.40 per hour)
  • CHEAPER parking in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate for up to 5 hours than it is today
  • FREE parking in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate on Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • No limit on length of stay in any car parks or on-street
  • 8 hour charging cap in Abbey Foregate, Frankwell, Raven Meadows
  • Introduction of weekly and season discounted tickets for workers
  • No evening charges in Frankwell, Abbey Foregate or St Julian’s Friars
  • Pop and shop period of 15 minutes
  • Raven Meadows open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Introduction of weekly and season discounted tickets (Weekly: Abbey Foregate £17, Frankwell £24)
  • Free parking for coaches supporting the visitor economy
  • Review of Park & Ride with Shrewsbury BID

 

Full list of car park charges per hour

  • Abbey Foregate – £0.50 an hour, with an 8-hour cap (band 5). FREE on SUNDAY
  • Frankwell Main, Riverside and Quay – £0.70 an hour, with an 8-hour cap (band 4). FREE on SUNDAY
  • St Julian Friars – £1 an hour, with an 8-hour cap (band 3)
  • Raven Meadows – £1.80 an hour, with an 8-hour cap (band 2). £1.50 all day on Sunday
  • Bridge Street – £1.80 an hour (band 2)
  • St Austin’s – £1.80 an hour (band 2)
  • Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre – £1.80 an hour (band 2)
  • On Street – £2.40 an hour (band 1)

Shrewsbury BID will be closely measuring the impact of the car parking changes and feeding back to Shropshire Council. Shrewsbury BID will also be leading on a promotional campagin to communicate key messages about the new strategy ahead of implementation in September.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury BID Board member and Chair of the BID’s Access and Car Parking Group says:

“Whilst we think the changes could have gone further, they do represent a significant shift. We would like to thank our members who attended meetings and responded to our consultation. It gives us confidence that Shropshire Council has taken action by revising the draft proposals, showing that our collective voice on local issues can effect real change.”

Dilwyn Jones, Director of Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Tourism says:

“Whilst the new proposal does include parking increases I do feel the Council have listened and showed compromise. Sunday parking is free in some car parks instead of £1 so that’s a real win. Coach parking is still free so that is still a carrot for tour operators. Linear parking actually offers cheaper parking in certain car parks for certain periods and there is now a cap after 8 hours on some car parks so that encourages dwell time. The key is now communication and signage to help people as they enter the one way system.”