It’s free parking so Go To Town in Ashby, Scunthorpe and Brigg and enjoying your shopping
Traders and shoppers have welcomed free car parking in Scunthorpe, Ashby and Brigg town centres.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph has teamed up with North Lincolnshire Council to launch the Go To Town scheme.
From this week, shoppers can use vouchers printed
below to make savings of up to £7.50 per week. Vouchers have a maximum shelf life of seven days, but new ones will be printed each week.
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One voucher can be used to claim two hours’ free parking at The Parishes multi-storey car park in Scunthorpe.
The other coupon entitles readers to a full day’s free parking on Saturdays or Sundays at all other council car parks in Scunthorpe, Ashby and Brigg.
The campaign will run for two months, taking in the busy Christmas period and the New Year sales.
David Redmile, of Cindy’s Accessories in Cole Street, said: “I think it is fantastic. It is just what we need at the moment and, hopefully, for the long term. Hopefully, it will be enough to encourage people to give Scunthorpe town centre a visit, as opposed to always going out-of-town or elsewhere.”
“We have done the groundwork in getting the council to do this.
“It is really now up to the population of Scunthorpe as to whether it is a success or not and hopefully, if it is successful, it will help create more jobs.”
Dominic Ryan, of the Trade Winds store on Cole Street, was also in favour. He said: “Any kind of free parking scheme is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully we will see some results from it, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
“Hopefully, the number of customers in the town centre will increase.
“The next step would be to get more shops in the town centre and hopefully the increase in footfall will encourage more shop owners to see what opportunities are here.”
Tony Pickering, manager of The Parishes Shopping Centre, said: “The introduction of free parking over the Christmas period is welcome news and will hopefully encourage more shoppers into the town centre.
“It will hopefully give retailers a boost at a time when many have been struggling.
“We’ll continue working with the Telegraph and the council at ways of improving Scunthorpe town centre’s attraction to encourage more visitors.”
Peter Golightly, manager of The Foundry Shopping Centre, said: “I am sure that businesses and customers will welcome this initiative to provide an element of free parking in Scunthorpe town centre.
“My thanks go to the Telegraph and North Lincolnshire Council for working together to encourage people to shop in the town this Christmas.”
Shopper Zoe Dixon, 34, of Parkhill Rise, Winterton, said: “I think it is brilliant because Saturdays are busy days anyway. A lot of businesses are going to benefit.”
And Jane Carnie, 49, of Church Side, Alkborough, also praised the scheme.
She said. “I think it should certainly help encourage people to come into Scunthorpe town centre.”
The Keep Scunthorpe Alive group has campaigned with Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin for two hours’ free parking.
Its chairman, Des Comerford, said: “I think the council has listened to the concerns of everybody involved. I believe it is an excellent initiative for the Telegraph to be involved in with the council and town centre businesses.”
“It can only be a good thing and it is an excellent starting point.”
“I would urge as many people as possible to take up the offer and let’s see if we can have a vibrant and merry Christmas for the town centre.”
The move was also welcomed by traders in Brigg and Ashby.
Byron Teague, chairman of the Brigg Town Business Partnership, said: “Anything that encourages people to come in is good and any publicity on that side has got to be good.”
“I think it is an excellent idea.”
Brigg has had two hours’ free parking in selected car parks since September 2011.
Mr Teague, who also owns the Brigg Fruit and Veg shop on Wrawby Street, said: “It has definitely brought some of the trade back which we had lost, without a doubt.” It has definitely done some good.”
Mark Wilkinson, general manager of Chapman’s Angling in Ashby, said: “I am fully supportive of it and I think it is something that should be rolled out.”
Councillor Liz Redfern, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I am thrilled we are able to support shoppers and businesses alike.”
“We really need to ensure that the shops engage with the scheme by enhancing their opening times so shoppers can take advantage of this free car parking scheme.
“We really hope the free weekend car parking will make a massive difference to our town centres and send a message that towns in North Lincolnshire are open for business.”
USING YOUR VOUCHERS: HOW THE FREE CAR PARKING SCHEME WORKS
Each week during the two-month campaign, the Scunthorpe Telegraph will print two coupons – each of which will be valid for seven days (from the date of publication to the following Wednesday). The Pay and Display voucher will only be valid for the Saturday/Sunday of that week, starting at 9.30am on the Saturday.
One voucher will offer two hours free parking at The Parishes multi-storey car park in Scunthorpe town centre on any day during that week – a saving of £1.50. It can only be used once.
To get your discount you will have to give your voucher, and your parking ticket gained on entry, before you leave the car park – after your shopping trip. You must give it to the council attendant at the ground floor cabin between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. If you have parked in excess of two hours, you will need to pay the difference – £1 if you have stopped for 2-4 hours, or £2 if you stopped over four hours.
On Sundays, the voucher will entitle you to free parking all day but to claim your saving you must give your voucher, and your parking ticket gained on entry, before you leave the car park – after your shopping trip. You must give it to the council parking attendant at the ground floor cabin between 10am and 6pm. Sunday hours apply on bank holidays.
The Parishes voucher can only be used once
The second voucher will offer a full day’s free parking in all council car parks (excluding The Parishes) in Scunthorpe, Ashby and Brigg, on Saturday and Sunday – a potential saving of £6 for the whole weekend. It is valid from 9.30am on the Saturday until 11.59pm on the Sunday on the dates given on the voucher. Readers will have to display their coupon on their dashboard and it will be valid in the these car parks: Scunthorpe: Allanby Street, Carlton Street, Deyne Avenue (small), Deyne Avenue (large), Dunstall Street, High Street East, King Street/Winterton Road, King Street – rear of flats, Home Street, Mary Street Co-op, Mary Street West (small), Robert Street, West Street, Scunthorpe Market; Brigg: Old Courts Road, The Angel; Ashby: Alexandra Road, Ashby High Street, Collum Avenue/School Road, Bottesford Road.