UPDATE 3rd August – Shrewsbury BID is lobbying again to remove all evening charging proposals for Shrewsbury

Following a period of intense lobbying, Shrewsbury BID says the final strategy approved by Cabinet yesterday includes important changes from original proposals but will be lobbying for further changes.

In January 2017 following consultation with its members, Shrewsbury BID responded robustly to the proposals and has held a number of meetings with senior Council officials. Last month Shrewsbury BID submitted a second petition from its members calling for plans to introduce evening Charging in Frankwell car park to be scrapped.

Significant changes now agreed by Cabinet are due to come into force from September include free Sunday car parking in Abbey Foregate and Frankwell car parks. Free evening charging from 6pm will continue to be available in St Julian’s Friars, Frankwell and Abbey Foregate car parks.  Overall, parking in Abbey Foregate and Frankwell will be cheaper for up to 5 hours than today’s prices.

The final strategy charges at St Julians Friar’s car park have also been reduced from £2 to £1 per hour and a 15 minute pop and shop free period will operate for short trips into the town centre.  On-street parking charges will increase to £2.40 an hour and a new 30 minute vend will be available for £1.20.  Discounted weekly, monthly and season tickets and an 8 hour cap will be introduced in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate car parks.

Diane Halford of Up and Running commented:

“Our store has recently started opening on a Sunday and our customers will be delighted that parking will be free in major car parks.”

Shrewsbury BID will closely monitor the impact of the changes, reviewing footfall and trading information shared by its members. Shrewsbury BID will also be part of a review of Shrewsbury’s Park and Ride services with Shropshire Council in Autumn 2018.