More parking promotions on the cards, as downtown businesses ‘haven’t taken full advantage’ of the current 11am free parking offer
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wrexham Council currently offers free parking after 11am in some of its city center car parks – with a decision on the extension of the promotion yet to be made.
A parking promotion was put in place immediately at the start of the pandemic to support essential purchases and key workers, then extended until September 2020, then a new “ free after 11 a.m. ” promotion put in place from of October.
We asked Wrexham Chief of Council Mark Pritchard about the future of such promotions, he said: “We had discussions about this and what we wanted to do, for obvious reasons, was see how we were moving forward with COVID-19,
“I think the businesses in the city were affected significantly during the pandemic, so politically we wanted to support them, and we wanted to offer free parking after 11 am for a while to help them and support them and get people back. in Wrexham. “
“It was very successful for obvious reasons. I don’t think companies have taken full advantage of it yet, because the city has not really opened up to its full capacity. I think it’s going to open now, the announcements were made on the 17th, people have confidence to come back to the city, they use the city more.
“So no decision is made on this, we will have another political discussion on if there is an extension, or how long it lasts.”
“What I will say is that this administration has always supported downtown businesses and will continue to do so.
“I think to be fair to Cllr Terry Evans, the main member of the economy, I have a lot of talk with him about parking. We have introduced short-term parking spaces, which have been successful, but there is still a long way to go. “
“I think it’s really a compromise, because every time we give free parking, we lose money in tough times, and I think it’s just about finding the right balance.”
Cllr Pritchard effectively ruled out a return to full charge, stating that at least some sort of promotion would be offered, “I certainly wouldn’t consider it yet because I think it’s too early to reopen and collect the downtown.”
Currently, there is a free parking promotion in all municipality-owned parking lots except Tŷ Pawb, with free parking after 11am.