New changes to car parks in Stockton Heath
The changes to the parking situation over in Stockton Heath and in neighbouring Lymm have been amended to allow motorists to park for free for 15 minutes following a public backlash.
At the start of last month, shoppers in both areas were told they would no longer be permitted to get free one-hour parking as part of changes brought in by the council at the start of December.
Following much criticism, the authority has decided to introduce a 15-minute free parking period at all of the sites, during which a pay and display ticket must still be obtained.
The returning ban to the car parks within two hours, has also been removed.
The Forge in Stockton Heath will be affected by the changes, which currently allows shoppers to enjoy up to one hour of parking for free.
The Introduction of the free 15-minute period will primarily be in place to give motorists enough time to drop off and pick up children from school. The council justifies there steps as it claimed that there are free car parks near the council-owned ones in other parts of the borough.
"We do not accept this argument because there are free car parks nearby in Lymm and Stockton Heath – they are called the street.
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