For businesses, the best thing about having the most easily accessible storage Chester has to offer is the flexibility to keep up with demand from customers. You never know when you’ll have a rush and be in desperate need of more stock.
As a business, you’d hope the local council would be doing everything their power to help you succeed, but according to local business leaders, decisions made on Chester’s parking could leave the town centre a ‘ghost town’.
According to The Chester Chronicle, Carl Critchlow, manager of the CH1 Chester Business Improvement District (BID), says that the opinions of local businesses have been ignored in the council’s scrapping of the ‘Free after 3pm’ parking scheme.
The council’s opinion was that the scheme had limited economic benefit, as footfall figures into town were limited during this time, because of the number of people using the car parks to go to football matches, however, Critchlow says that its members believe they’ve missed the point: “Free after 3 works because it keeps an even spread of people – and potential customers – in and around the city throughout the day and not because it drives a huge spike in city visitors at 3pm,” he said.
Business leaders are particularly disappointed that the scheme has been scrapped at the busiest time of year, something they fear may turn people off visiting the town for their Christmas shopping.
The council hopes that removing the scheme will help to raise vital capital to rejuvenate the city’s ailing car parks, as well as helping them to create new schemes to attract visitors to the area.