Yesterday Shrewsbury BID met with Shropshire Council, to call for the total removal of the proposed evening on-street charges in Shrewsbury, with Councillors ‘minded to support the BID’s request’, and agreeing to take  it forward to Cabinet who will now formally consider this.

Read Shropshire Council Statement here

Seb Slater, Executive Director at the BID explained: “We are pleased that the Council are listening to our members and the wider public about the vital importance of free on street car parking for the success of their night time economy. Removal of these charges along with the other amendments we have already negotiated for other car parks would be welcome news for all businesses.”

“Throughout this process, we have lobbied the Council on this strategy to ensure the voice of the business is heard and that it reflects their views on this crucial aspect which affects trading within the town. Yesterday’s meeting proves the Council are willing to listen and we are hopeful now that Cabinet will take the scrapping of the evening charges forward” Seb concluded.

Ann Ditella, owner of Loopy Shrew, Darwin’s Kitchen and Darwin’s Townhouse commented:

“As a family run business group with a number of operations servicing the evening and night time customer, free evening car parking is vital. The BID is fighting on our behalf to counter what many of us feel would be a deeply detrimental move for the night time economy.  Free parking will make a significant difference for many businesses who are concerned at the idea of new charging penalising the evening visitor to the town.”

The BID had already successfully lobbied and negotiated key amendments to the original car parking proposals by Shropshire Council including FREE parking in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate on Sundays and Bank Holidays; RETENTION of the pop and shop facility; the SCRAPPING of evening charges in Frankwell, Abbey Foregate and St Julian’s Friars and introduction of the 8 hour CHARGING CAP in Abbey Foregate, Frankwell, and Raven Meadows.