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Hart considering 30 minutes free parking to 'support borough's high streets'

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Hart considering 30 minutes free parking to 'support borough's high streets'

Published at 1:22pm 21st October 2019.

Hart District Council is consulting with Town and Parish councils over proposed changes to off street car parking charges for 2020/21, aimed at offering 30 minutes free parking.

All town and parish councils have been sent a range of options for new charges which could include an additional 30 mins free parking - to be offset by increases to other charges.

The initiative is aimed at "supporting local retail and service businesses" on the borough's high streets and is being considered "on the understanding that any charges do not have a significant negative impact on the total car park income and are financially sustainable".  

Cllr Alan Oliver, Cabinet Member for Environment at Hart District Council, said:

"We recognise that times are tough on the high street and are keen to support local retailers and businesses.

"The introduction of free 30 minute off street parking slots, particularly on high streets, is one possible way of doing this that we are interested in exploring."

The Council is seeking the views of local businesses and residents, who should speak to their local Town or Parish councils to give their feedback in the consultation.

Town and Parish councils are asked to respond to the Council by 15 November so that responses can be considered by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 19 November.

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