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Civic leaders move to reassure Stafford drivers over town centre parking plans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

By Robin Scott

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CIVIC leaders have moved to Stafford residents over new plans for on-street parking in the town centre.

Following a report on future parking plans in the town, Stafford Borough Council leader Mike Heenan said the plans might actually lead to more free parking in the future and motorists would not lose any of what they were currently entitled to.

The detailed plans include retaining the current 30-minute free parking available in some areas of the town centre, removing some double yellow lines to allow more free parking spaces and motorists being offered the chance to pay to stay longer than the free 30 minute allocation in some areas.

“We will not be slapping charges on motorists who are currently parking for free in the 30 minute bays,” said Councillor Heenan. “Our proposal would retain those 30 minutes free -so drivers would not be losing out.

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“And the extra short-term parking spaces we would create will also be free for up to half an hour.”

“Any charges that we would be discussing with Staffordshire County Council – who are responsible for the traffic regulations – would only be for those staying longer than 30 minutes.”

Councillor Heenan said the Borough Council were in discussions with the County Council over the possibility of removing some double yellow lines to enable more short-term praking to be created in the town centre.

“We are committed to the prosperity of our town centre,” he said. “Major developments are on their way – and work started this week on the old Tesco’s car park in Bridge Street as part of the exciting Riverside development.

“As part of this commitment we want to create more on street parking spaces but without removing the free 30 minutes parking that motorists currently have.

“And that is what our plans are aimed at doing.”

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