Bolton Council has frozen car parking charges for on-street parking for the second time in a row.
The council has frozen its inner band charges at £1 for half an hour and £1.50 for an hour and its outer band charges at 60p and 90p for a half hour and hour. This is extremely competitive within the Greater Manchester area and means that on-street car parking charges have remained the same for over 18 months.
This freezing of parking charges follows hot on the heels of a free parking offer, which the council ran between November 2012 and January 2013. Free parking was offered on weekdays after 3pm and all day Saturday and Sunday at Bow Street, Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon multi-storey car parks. Parking was also free all day Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, to encourage even more shoppers into town.
The free parking offer was extremely successful at attracting shoppers into the town centre and the council hopes that the freezing of on-street charges will continue to encourage people to visit the town centre and boost the local economy.
Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services and Skills said:
“We appreciate that times are tough at the moment for retailers and residents and we want to do everything in our power to encourage people to keep visiting the town centre. Over the Christmas period, we had feedback from retailers that free parking was a real success and we hope that freezing on-street car parking will keep that momentum and further boost high street trade and support our businesses.”