Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for community development formally opened a welcome facility in Monmouth last Friday (2nd December) to ease pressure on the town’s car parks.

 The Rockfield Road car park can accommodate 100 vehicles and will provide extra capacity for people visiting Monmouth’s shops and tourist attractions.  The car park opened in time for Monmouthshire’s first free Saturday parking date on December 3rd, intended to provide a boost to the county’s economy by enticing Christmas shoppers into Monmouth, Chepstow and Abergavenny.  Free parking will also be available in the three towns on December 10th and December 17th.

 Parking in the new Rockfield Road car park will be free.  Councillor Hobson commented: “Monmouth is a busy shopping centre and draws walkers and other people to its many attractions so consequently its car parks are frequently over-subscribed.  The new Rockfield Road car park will create further capacity thus aiding local businesses in line with one of the council’s major priorities of supporting enterprise and job creation.”

 The car park was constructed by the council’s Highway Operations team.