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Cheaper parking in Tameside to boost business

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 06:00

CHEAPER and highly competitive parking charges are to be introduced across Tameside to help boost town centre business.

 

Tameside Council has listened to feedback from businesses, residents and shoppers and has decided to significantly reduce the cost of parking in prime town centres car parks to make them even more attractive and affordable for shoppers and support the local economy.  Once in place Tameside will have the lowest tariffs for long stay car parking in Greater Manchester and will also be one of the cheapest for short stay town centre parking.

From 24 November, parking in zone 1-4 Council owned car parks will be just £1 for up to three hours and just £2 for all day.  The cost of up to 30 minutes will remain the same at 50p.  All other Council car parks not within zone 1-4 already charge cheaper rates.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Kieran Quinn says: “Supporting a strong economy is a key priority for the Council we want to do all we can keep our town centres busy, vibrant and appealing.  After listening to feedback from traders and shoppers, we’re pleased to announce we will be introducing these new cheaper and very competitive rates to support local business and make town centre parking more affordable and attractive.”

Executive Member for Transport and Land Use Cllr Peter Robinson said: “Although our rates were already competitive against what other local authorities are charging we recognise they also need to be attractive when compared against private car parks and out of town shopping complexes.  We have responded to feedback and – although we do still need to cover maintenance costs of our car parks – we’re confident these  hugely reduced charges will make it more convenient and attractive for shoppers to visit our town centres and shop local.”

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