Council reintroduces one hour of free parking to Lymm

After reviewing car parking charges, Warrington Borough Council has reintroduced an hour’s free parking to its Lymm car parks.

The Council reviewed parking charges, in Stockton Heath and Lymm, last year following consultation with local businesses and other partners. Businesses-owners had told the council that they wanted people to stay longer and the one-hour free was damaging their footfall as people were only visiting one shop before leaving.

The changes were introduced in December. The Council had pledged to review any changes and – after speaking again to businesses, car park-users and local councillors – it has been decided to alter the Lymm charges to revert back to the first hour free. However, the charging period has been extended from 3pm to 10pm (Monday – Saturday). 

Cllr Hans Mundry, executive board member for transport, said: “We are under considerable financial pressure due to drastic cuts from central government so we have to find ways to save money and increase revenue. Businesses had told us that they welcomed the plan to encourage people to shop for longer and said that the free hour was unhelpful.

“We had promised to review the charges and that’s exactly what we have done. After carefully considering the options and outcomes we have decided that the best course is to make alterations to our initial plans for Lymm.”

Charges will remain unchanged in Stockton Heath. The new Lymm charges shown in the table below will come into effect in approximately six weeks.

Pepper Street

 

 

No return within 2 hours

Charging 9 am – 10pm Mon- Sat

0 - 1hr

Free

1 – 2hrs

£1

2 – 4hrs

£2

 

Over 4hrs

£10

Return any time

Davies Way & Henry Street

 

 

No return within 2 hours

Charging 9 am – 10pm Mon- Sat

0 – 1hr

Free

1 – 2hrs

£1

 

2 – 3hrs

£2

 

 

Over 3hrs

£3

Return any time

 

 A flat charge of £1 for evening parking on all of the car parks will also be applied – for arrivals from 5pm onwards – this will allow

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