Free after 3pm parking to encourage Salisbury trade

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CULVER Street car park in Salisbury is to be free after 3pm for shoppers from the end of the month.

The Free After 3 concession will begin for the start of Independents’ Week, a week-long promotion and celebration of the city’s independent retailers and restaurants.

Wiltshire Council has made the decision following lobbying from the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID).

Parking bosses have told BID they will allow shoppers to use the Culver Street car park at no cost Monday to Saturday, having already given the go ahead for free parking there on Sunday and bank holidays.

The relaxation of the parking rules follows increased pressure from the city centre businesses, who claim high fees have had an impact on their trading.

The Free After 3 parking arrangement will begin on June 30.

Independent trader Steve Dauwalder, owner of La Mollina Restaurant in the Market Place, said: “This initiative could not have come at a better time for Salisbury as we experience higher visitor numbers at this time of the year. With a number of new businesses having recently opened or about to open, traders are optimistic of a rosy future for the city.

“This is a really good start from Wiltshire Council and we hope to see more initiatives from them in the future as part of making Salisbury competitive on parking amongst its neighbouring towns and cities.

Mr Dauwalder, who is also a BID Director, added: “In addition to the parking initiatives, Wiltshire Council are also undertaking a refurbishment of the Culver Street Shoppers Car Park including rebranding as a Shoppers Car Park and working with the BID and the City Council to create a more welcoming environment. This will include replanting and redecoration of some of the area.”

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5:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

minkleberry says...

Laudable though this is, unfortunately it does not help most of Salisbury. CulvLaudable though this is, unfortunately it does not help most of Salisbury. Culver Street is too far from the centre and certainly from Fisherton St to be of any assistance to we beleaguered shopkeepers who aren't on the East side of the city. If and when the short stay section of the Central Car Park follows suit then perhaps this will be a benefit for the whole, but at the moment I can see little gain. If the idea is to promote Culver St as a 'Shoppers Car Park' then perhaps it would be better if it was actually near some shops. The only new businesses in Salisbury I am aware of are yet more food outlets, so I cannot see why any traders are 'optimistic of a rosy future for the city'.
Laudable though this is, unfortunately it does not help most of Salisbury. CulvLaudable though this is, unfortunately it does not help most of Salisbury. Culver Street is too far from the centre and certainly from Fisherton St to be of any assistance to we beleaguered shopkeepers who aren't on the East side of the city. If and when the short stay section of the Central Car Park follows suit then perhaps this will be a benefit for the whole, but at the moment I can see little gain. If the idea is to promote Culver St as a 'Shoppers Car Park' then perhaps it would be better if it was actually near some shops. The only new businesses in Salisbury I am aware of are yet more food outlets, so I cannot see why any traders are 'optimistic of a rosy future for the city'. minkleberry
  • Score: 8

8:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Aethernet says...

Culver Street car park is almost exactly the same distance to the middle of the market square as central car park. Which makes it closer to the shops on Winchester St and Catherine St, but obviously further away from Fisherton St, where I assume you are.

My money would be on Culver St being criminally underused, since no-one appears to know where it is. It's nowhere near as accessible as the central car park.
Culver Street car park is almost exactly the same distance to the middle of the market square as central car park. Which makes it closer to the shops on Winchester St and Catherine St, but obviously further away from Fisherton St, where I assume you are. My money would be on Culver St being criminally underused, since no-one appears to know where it is. It's nowhere near as accessible as the central car park. Aethernet
  • Score: 10

6:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Does this mean that Wiltshire Council have at last admitted that parking charges have an effect on whether shoppers visit the city centre? If so, what is the point of introducing this scheme in only one car park, which is the furthest from the centre of town and rarely used by shoppers? So they can say they have listened to the people me thinks.

Nice try WCC, as this is a good idea but only if introduced across the entire city.
Does this mean that Wiltshire Council have at last admitted that parking charges have an effect on whether shoppers visit the city centre? If so, what is the point of introducing this scheme in only one car park, which is the furthest from the centre of town and rarely used by shoppers? So they can say they have listened to the people me thinks. Nice try WCC, as this is a good idea but only if introduced across the entire city. Schoolmum999
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7:41am Mon 9 Jun 14

Richard Clewer says...

What we are trying to do is to test some ideas out in Culver Street (which is under used and so it is easier to persuade Cabinet that ideas can be trialled there) and if they work we can then look at how to implement them city wide.

There a lots of views about the benefits of ending parking charges in the mid or late afternoon. Romsey say that it works well for them but other cities have carried out trials and found that it has made little or no difference. We need to know what impact it will have in Salisbury before we put effort behind that as opposed to removing Sunday parking charges or lowering short stay charges. I think evidence is they key to this process and that is what we are gathering now.

Culver Street is by the way closer to the current city centre than most of central car park. That will change as the Maltings development comes on line but for now it is pretty well placed.
What we are trying to do is to test some ideas out in Culver Street (which is under used and so it is easier to persuade Cabinet that ideas can be trialled there) and if they work we can then look at how to implement them city wide. There a lots of views about the benefits of ending parking charges in the mid or late afternoon. Romsey say that it works well for them but other cities have carried out trials and found that it has made little or no difference. We need to know what impact it will have in Salisbury before we put effort behind that as opposed to removing Sunday parking charges or lowering short stay charges. I think evidence is they key to this process and that is what we are gathering now. Culver Street is by the way closer to the current city centre than most of central car park. That will change as the Maltings development comes on line but for now it is pretty well placed. Richard Clewer
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4:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

gingin says...

Richard Clewer wrote:
What we are trying to do is to test some ideas out in Culver Street (which is under used and so it is easier to persuade Cabinet that ideas can be trialled there) and if they work we can then look at how to implement them city wide.

There a lots of views about the benefits of ending parking charges in the mid or late afternoon. Romsey say that it works well for them but other cities have carried out trials and found that it has made little or no difference. We need to know what impact it will have in Salisbury before we put effort behind that as opposed to removing Sunday parking charges or lowering short stay charges. I think evidence is they key to this process and that is what we are gathering now.

Culver Street is by the way closer to the current city centre than most of central car park. That will change as the Maltings development comes on line but for now it is pretty well placed.
Quite right Richard, evidence is the key. Once it is gathered then hopefully something can be done to lower or stop charging in the late afternoon.

Personally I do think the current charges are too high but have an understanding that things can't just be abolished or altered without the evidence to support it.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Clewer[/bold] wrote: What we are trying to do is to test some ideas out in Culver Street (which is under used and so it is easier to persuade Cabinet that ideas can be trialled there) and if they work we can then look at how to implement them city wide. There a lots of views about the benefits of ending parking charges in the mid or late afternoon. Romsey say that it works well for them but other cities have carried out trials and found that it has made little or no difference. We need to know what impact it will have in Salisbury before we put effort behind that as opposed to removing Sunday parking charges or lowering short stay charges. I think evidence is they key to this process and that is what we are gathering now. Culver Street is by the way closer to the current city centre than most of central car park. That will change as the Maltings development comes on line but for now it is pretty well placed.[/p][/quote]Quite right Richard, evidence is the key. Once it is gathered then hopefully something can be done to lower or stop charging in the late afternoon. Personally I do think the current charges are too high but have an understanding that things can't just be abolished or altered without the evidence to support it. gingin
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10:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Schoolmum999 says...

But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street. The reason is that it is the wrong side of town and dark and dingy. Would it not make more sense to try this in a popular car park?
But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street. The reason is that it is the wrong side of town and dark and dingy. Would it not make more sense to try this in a popular car park? Schoolmum999
  • Score: 9

11:17am Tue 10 Jun 14

Richard Clewer says...

It would help to try it in all car parks. That is however not feasible at the moment, we have been able to get it trialled in Culver Street however which is better than no trial at all.
It would help to try it in all car parks. That is however not feasible at the moment, we have been able to get it trialled in Culver Street however which is better than no trial at all. Richard Clewer
  • Score: 0

6:03pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Aethernet says...

"But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street."

Personally speaking I've used Culver St 3 times since the promotion started. Previous uses over the past decade = 0. I would definitely use it more now during paid times. It's more handy than Central car park if you want to visit M&S, for example.
"But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street." Personally speaking I've used Culver St 3 times since the promotion started. Previous uses over the past decade = 0. I would definitely use it more now during paid times. It's more handy than Central car park if you want to visit M&S, for example. Aethernet
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9:36pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Aethernet wrote:
"But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street."

Personally speaking I've used Culver St 3 times since the promotion started. Previous uses over the past decade = 0. I would definitely use it more now during paid times. It's more handy than Central car park if you want to visit M&S, for example.
So why is it the most under used car park in the city then?
[quote][p][bold]Aethernet[/bold] wrote: "But the parking charges are not the reason nobody uses culver street." Personally speaking I've used Culver St 3 times since the promotion started. Previous uses over the past decade = 0. I would definitely use it more now during paid times. It's more handy than Central car park if you want to visit M&S, for example.[/p][/quote]So why is it the most under used car park in the city then? Schoolmum999
  • Score: 2

7:46am Wed 11 Jun 14

kjpayne says...

Forgive me if i'm wrong - but most visitors to the city centre come from the north of the city? Culver Street car park is therefore the other side of the ring road. Also the walk to central car park is a lot more pretty than culver street.
Forgive me if i'm wrong - but most visitors to the city centre come from the north of the city? Culver Street car park is therefore the other side of the ring road. Also the walk to central car park is a lot more pretty than culver street. kjpayne
  • Score: 2

8:58am Wed 11 Jun 14

Barton Stacey says...

Richard Clewer wrote:
It would help to try it in all car parks. That is however not feasible at the moment, we have been able to get it trialled in Culver Street however which is better than no trial at all.
A trial in nor car park only proves nothing as the result will be heavily swayed by the car park chosen. Hence the varying results you quote from other councils.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Clewer[/bold] wrote: It would help to try it in all car parks. That is however not feasible at the moment, we have been able to get it trialled in Culver Street however which is better than no trial at all.[/p][/quote]A trial in nor car park only proves nothing as the result will be heavily swayed by the car park chosen. Hence the varying results you quote from other councils. Barton Stacey
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Aethernet says...

"So why is it the most under used car park in the city then?"
I don't know for sure. It's surely got something to do with access though.

But I'm happy to challenge your assertion that free parking won't encourage anyone to visit Culver St. Because in my case, it did.

There were lots of other cars in there, the study will tell the councillors if these are new visitors or if people are simply parking there instead due to free parking.

People are creatures of habit. If you encourage some to use an under-utilised resource, this makes more space for people in central car park. Surely that's a good thing?
"So why is it the most under used car park in the city then?" I don't know for sure. It's surely got something to do with access though. But I'm happy to challenge your assertion that free parking won't encourage anyone to visit Culver St. Because in my case, it did. There were lots of other cars in there, the study will tell the councillors if these are new visitors or if people are simply parking there instead due to free parking. People are creatures of habit. If you encourage some to use an under-utilised resource, this makes more space for people in central car park. Surely that's a good thing? Aethernet
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