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Stroud extends free parking to help recovery

The return of parking charges in Stroud town centre has been put back until July 21 to help traders recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

And various other changes proposed before lockdown by Stroud Town Council and Stroud & District Chamber of Trade are being implemented to help shoppers and businesses ahead of Stroud District Council's Shop Local campaign.

Parking charges will have been suspended by Stroud District Council for four months by the time they return.

Council leader Councillor Doina Cornell said: "We appreciate that as lockdown eases, businesses are coming out of a very difficult time, which is why we are delaying the reintroduction of charges and adopting recommendations from people who know Stroud town centre well.

"I am really pleased we are able to accommodate most of the recommendations Stroud Town Council and Stroud & District Chamber of Trade made before lockdown too - we are doing all we can to help high streets across the district get back on their feet and trade safely, and these measures will help."

The other changes will see:

  • Removal of the 10p per transaction for use of the MiPermit app.
  • Brunel Mall to be re-aligned on all levels to long stay parking and remain open until 9pm.
  • Free parking after 3pm extended to encompass London Road car park as well as the Brunel Mall multi-storey.
  • Brunel Mall offer shorter term parking permits and open on some Sundays for events and festivals with weekend parking options to be explored.
  • Maximum stay at Church Street increased from two hours to three hours for £4.
  • Free parking for NHS staff, social care and NHS volunteers will continue.
  • Information will be added to paper tickets to highlight free after 3pm parking.

The district council is considering proposals from the chamber of trade for real-time parking signs.

And some of the income from parking will be used to improve the safety of shopping in the town centre, including more frequent cleaning of the public toilets and support for reconfiguring and social distancing of the Shambles and farmers' market.

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