PMonmouthshire County Council is working with businesses across the county to support a #ShopLocal #ShopMonmouthshire campaign.
For Monmouthshire’s town centres to prosper and for traders to survive then they need everyone to support them. Many residents have been walking and cycling more over the last few months and it’s hoped that this will continue. Equally it is acknowledged that a return to public transport is likely to take some time to return to pre-covid levels. One-hour free parking in Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth and additional Blue Badge parking provision is being provided to encourage people to return.
One hour’s free parking and additional disabled parking bays has now been introduced in Tiverton Place in Abergavenny, Cornwall House car park in Monmouth and areas of Welsh Street car park in Chepstow have now been re-designated. In Abergavenny and Monmouth you will still need to get a ticket from the parking machine and display in your car. The details are as follows:
Parking Update Abergavenny:
45 one hour’s free car parking spaces and 20 additional disabled spaces are now available at Tiverton Place car park. Please display a ticket from the machine as usual.
The on-street disabled parking spaces on Cross St remain available for use by blue badge holders but they must be accessed before the road closes at 10am (vehicles may leave at any time).
Parking Update Monmouth:
34 one hour’s free car parking spaces have been provided at Cornwall House car park. Please display a ticket from the machine as usual.
12 additional disabled parking spaces have been provided at Cornwall House. The existing disabled parking spaces on Monnow Street are available, plus additional spaces for disabled parking/loading/unloading.
Parking Update Chepstow:
In Welsh Street car park, 15 half-hour free spaces have been upgraded to an hour, plus an additional 15 ‘one hour free’ spaces provided, and 10 additional disabled parking spaces (Total disabled bays 18). The disabled parking spaces on Bank Street remain for use by blue badge holders.
Councillor Bob Greenland, Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, said “It is our hope that the ‘one hour free’ parking scheme will welcome more residents and visitors back into our towns, encouraging everyone to Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire. We are also looking to offer some additional Blue Badge parking provision. It has always been our aim to do everything we can to help businesses get back on their feet after the devastating impact of COVID-19. We are hoping that the loss of income from our car parks will be offset by more people being able to feel confident in returning to our high streets, and spending their hard-earned money by shopping locally. This scheme will be in place until at least 30th September 2020.”
“We have made physical adjustments in many of our towns to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to move around. We recognise that this presents some challenges to motorists and we have mitigated these where possible. We have been asked by some to provide free parking up until the end of the year. If we could we probably would but such an approach would cost the council in excess of £500,000. Our finances are in a precarious position already given the demands around flooding and pandemic work in the first half of the year, so we can’t stretch this far.
Speaking about changes in the layout of some town centres Cabinet Member Councillor Jane Pratt said “We have listened to residents’ feedback on these schemes, which are part of an ongoing trial. We have never had to introduce such measures before, so it’s been a learning process for everyone. Our concern is, and always shall be, the safety of our residents. We’re doing everything we can to enable shoppers and businesses to follow social distancing guidelines, which includes keeping pedestrians out of harm’s way from traffic. In addition to this we must ensure that our high streets are accessible to all, and that means addressing the needs of those who use Blue Badge parking bays. I believe that the plans being introduced now will address this and if residents have concerns about where to park and accessibility, our contact centre is there to help on 01633 644644.”