February to see free parking day



    The last day of February will see more free parking for shoppers in Stafford and Stone town centres.

    Stafford Borough Council has introduced free parking on Saturday 29 February to encourage more people to shop in both town centres to boost trade for local businesses. The council ran a similar free day last month.

     Parking charges will be waived on all the Borough Council car parks in the two towns from 1pm - except the Riverside and Waterfront car parks in Stafford.

     Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning said they had received positive feedback from the free parking Saturday in January with shoppers asking if it could be extended.

     There is a variety of independent and big name stores in Stafford town centre and top places to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Stone also has a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants.


    Mary Walker, Chair of the Stafford Town Centre Partnership, said: “Having the benefit of free parking for visitors will hopefully encourage more people to visit the town and for longer periods. I’m sure this positive step to have more free parking will help support the High Street.”


    Councillor Beatty, continued: “We ran our free afternoon in January because we know money can be tight after the festive period. Our car parks were busy and shoppers told us that it would be good to see it happen again.


    “We want to encourage everyone to come into town throughout 2020 to shop for what they need and I’m pleased we are now able to extend the free parking offer to the last day of February.”   


    She added: “As well as shopping why not grab the opportunity of some time out to relax in the great cafes and restaurants in Stafford and Stone.


    Most Borough Council car parks offer cash free parking throughout the year so visitors to the town centres can pay for their parking using their mobile phones, and top it up without having to return to their cars.


    Details of where to park in Stafford and Stone town centres can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/carparks . More information on where and how you can use cash-free parking is available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/cash-free-parking

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