Free parking at the Barnards Green municipal car park to help traders after delayed road works
FREE parking is being introduced at one of the Malvern Hills District Councils to support businesses in Barnards Green impacted by road works.
From now, and until July 4 inclusive, people will be able to park for free in the municipality’s paid and posted parking lot on Geraldine Road.
The move follows Severn Trent’s announcement that work to replace the old Barnards Green Road pipelines – which began in May and was due to be completed next week – has been delayed.
This means that the free parking spaces, which merchants rely on for customers to easily access their businesses, will be out of service for longer than expected.
Councilor Daniel Walton, portfolio holder for economic development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “The fact that this road work was authorized, less than a month after the end of the foreclosure restrictions on businesses in non-essential detail is bad enough, but they are not. completed on time is unacceptable and a further blow to Barnards Green businesses.
“We urge Severn Trent to do everything in his power to ensure that there are no further delays in this work and we will continue to monitor and review the situation.
‘We will also be discussing with Worcestershire County Council which needs to exercise greater control over when utility companies can dig roads, particularly at a time when businesses are trying to rebuild themselves from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.
“By providing free parking at our Geraldine Road parking lot for the next two weeks, we are supporting our merchants and residents who need access to the many shops, cafes and other businesses in Barnards Green.”