Free Sunday parking at Culver Street

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FREE Sunday car parking will be available at Salisbury’s Culver Street car park from this weekend.

Wiltshire Council has decided to open the car park on Sunday without charge in order to try to encourage shoppers and tourists to use it and to increase Sunday trade.

The car park is also receiving additional maintenance. John Thomson, the council’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “This valuable initiative will attract additional visitors to the city on Sundays and benefit local businesses.

“It will also provide us with useful information for the review currently being carried out into all our car parks. The review will allow us to identify a range of options and proposals which we will then put out for public consultation later this year.”

Culver Street is a long-stay multi-storey car park with 528 spaces accessed from the Salisbury ring road.

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9:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Schoolmum999 says...

So if free parking brings in shoppers and tourists, why are the car park in the centre of town not free too? Also, how will tourists know that this one car park is free? If it's not advertised, nobody will use it and this will be used as evidence that free parking is of no benefit. Nice try WCC, but could do better, much better!
So if free parking brings in shoppers and tourists, why are the car park in the centre of town not free too? Also, how will tourists know that this one car park is free? If it's not advertised, nobody will use it and this will be used as evidence that free parking is of no benefit. Nice try WCC, but could do better, much better! Schoolmum999
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10:15pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Schoolmum999 says...

BTW, I've just checked WCC website and can see no mention of this free parking. I've also searched the internet and guess what....?
BTW, I've just checked WCC website and can see no mention of this free parking. I've also searched the internet and guess what....? Schoolmum999
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12:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

gingin says...

Nothing's perfect but suppose it's a start! It will need to be advertised so let's ask John Thomson if this is being done and where it is being done.
Nothing's perfect but suppose it's a start! It will need to be advertised so let's ask John Thomson if this is being done and where it is being done. gingin
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1:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sustainer says...

Good point gingin and so much more positive and proactive than Schoolmum999. For example: I wonder if she asked her friends from London whether they would have preferred to have seen the Market Place as a car park when she asked for their comments?
Of course the free parking at Culver Street needs to be advertised and I will be contacting the councils to try and ensure it is. If we all do that we might make it a success - or would that be too much to bear.
I searched for Culver Street under 'Salisbury car parks' and it quite clearly shows no charge on Sundays.
Good point gingin and so much more positive and proactive than Schoolmum999. For example: I wonder if she asked her friends from London whether they would have preferred to have seen the Market Place as a car park when she asked for their comments? Of course the free parking at Culver Street needs to be advertised and I will be contacting the councils to try and ensure it is. If we all do that we might make it a success - or would that be too much to bear. I searched for Culver Street under 'Salisbury car parks' and it quite clearly shows no charge on Sundays. Sustainer
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9:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

"Wiltshire Council has decided to open the car park on Sunday without charge in order to try to encourage shoppers and tourists to use it and to increase Sunday trade."

As do other councils and, have done for a number of years now. It has just taken Wiltshire Council longer to realise this.
"Wiltshire Council has decided to open the car park on Sunday without charge in order to try to encourage shoppers and tourists to use it and to increase Sunday trade." As do other councils and, have done for a number of years now. It has just taken Wiltshire Council longer to realise this. karlmarx
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10:14am Thu 3 Apr 14

Richard Clewer says...

Karl you might be interested to know that my first ever 'appearence' in the Journal was a letter I sent in as a new District Councillor arguing that Sunday Parking charges should be scrapped. I had secured the support of the tranpsort scrutiny group but sadly the Lib Lab administration decided they could not afford the loss of income. Sunday parking was initially introducted by the previous Conservative administration as a short term measure to fund the parking ambasadors (Before they became pure traffice wardens).

After the success of the City Council/Wiltshire Council joint funding of free parking over Christmas (I recall you opposed that at the time) I sat down with some of the City Councillors to look at what we could do next. We (and for the sake of clarity I should point out it was an all Conservative group) decided to request free Sunday parking in Culver Street from the spring. It took a little while to confirm with Cabinet in Trowbridge but we now have it up and running. I also got the parking working group of the Vision to request the same. It was seen as a very sensible continuation of the work around parking at Christmas.

It is easy to take a negative approach here but that will never get anything changed. We (Myself and Cllrs Dean, Hocking and Froude) are trying to improve the situation regarding parking in the city by looking for logical areas of improvement. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
Karl you might be interested to know that my first ever 'appearence' in the Journal was a letter I sent in as a new District Councillor arguing that Sunday Parking charges should be scrapped. I had secured the support of the tranpsort scrutiny group but sadly the Lib Lab administration decided they could not afford the loss of income. Sunday parking was initially introducted by the previous Conservative administration as a short term measure to fund the parking ambasadors (Before they became pure traffice wardens). After the success of the City Council/Wiltshire Council joint funding of free parking over Christmas (I recall you opposed that at the time) I sat down with some of the City Councillors to look at what we could do next. We (and for the sake of clarity I should point out it was an all Conservative group) decided to request free Sunday parking in Culver Street from the spring. It took a little while to confirm with Cabinet in Trowbridge but we now have it up and running. I also got the parking working group of the Vision to request the same. It was seen as a very sensible continuation of the work around parking at Christmas. It is easy to take a negative approach here but that will never get anything changed. We (Myself and Cllrs Dean, Hocking and Froude) are trying to improve the situation regarding parking in the city by looking for logical areas of improvement. Any suggestions would be very welcome. Richard Clewer
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