Plans to remove the ‘Free after 3’ promotion on Chester parking have been criticised by local businesses, who are concerned the proposals could lead to the city becoming a “ghost town”.
The Chester Chronicle reported on the proposed changes, with businesses calling for the local council to rethink the change in policy. Manager of the CH1 Chester Business Improvement District Carl Crichlow said that businesses in the city are already facing enough challenges to get customers through their doors.
These include high business rates, online shopping and other projects in the city, such as the replacement of the old bus station, which has disrupted trade.
Mr Critchlow said removing ‘Free after 3’ would be “a hammer blow for all businesses in Chester and for the city that we all love”.
However, the council is expected to approve the proposal, in favour of introducing other parking offers.
Mr Critchlow added that taking the free parking away in the afternoons and evenings is a way for the council to raise revenue, but suggested that by introducing more business-friendly policies and bringing more companies to the city, the council could raise more funds in the long term.
Last month a new project to introduce more people to some of Chester’s historic sites was unveiled, with the Talking Walls of Chester initiative. The scheme sees some 26 walls around the city given a voice, with celebrities telling the stories behind the locations and buildings.
Visitors can listen to the tales using a mobile phone app, with local businesses hoping it will help both visitors and residents see the city in a new light.
If you’re looking for storage in Chester get in touch with us at Lock Stock Self Storage today to see how we can help.