Free parking for shoppers confirmed


Following last week's announcement that Cheshire East Council are launching a new initiative to introduce up to 4 days of free parking a year, the first day of free parking for Wilmslow has been confirmed.

Having consulted with Wilmslow Business Group, the Town Council has chosen to have the first free day of parking on Tuesday, 27th December and will cover the South Drive; Hoopers; Spring Street and the Rex car parks. Whilst this is a Bank Holiday the Town Council has been informed that charges would normally apply in these Council owned car parks.

This date has been selected to tie in with the first day of the sale for many Wilmslow stores.

Town Clerk Matthew Jackson said "27th December being the first day of the winter sales for most shops in Wilmslow should be a very busy day. Free parking should benefit the retailers by providing an added incentive to come to Wilmslow and benefit visitors and businesses by encouraging longer stays in the town."

He added "Good Friday is another very busy day for retail stores and, as parking charges would normally apply, this date has also been selected in order to encourage footfall.

"In order to help generate footfall at a quiet time of the year the date of Saturday 28 January will have free parking. The final date for the year has not yet been identified."

Catherine Mackenzie, Chairman of Wilmslow Business Group commented: "We are grateful to Cheshire East for providing these four days of free parking over the next 12 months. We hope it will encourage people to come into Wilmslow to visit our shops, bars and restaurants."

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "The primary purpose of this incentive is to support our towns and provide a flexible incentive which can be used in the run up to Christmas or spread throughout the year to aid key town events. This is in addition to the free parking after 3pm at certain designated car parks within the borough."

In order to avoid all the spaces being taken up by workers, the free parking will start after 10am.

Wilmslow Town Council were invited to pick any four days in the next 12 months.

When would you like to see the fourth day of free parking in the town centre? Share your views via the comment box below.

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Barry Buxton
Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 1:12 pm
What is the point of this if hardly anyone will be aware of when these days are?
Sue Mooney
Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 3:14 pm
They can take Spring Street car park off the list. This car park is full every day from 9.30am with office and contract parking. Three floors dedicated to Emerson and Royal Mail vans. The ground floor should be allocated to short stay shoppers only. Local businesses must be suffering.
Robert Kemp
Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 4:30 pm
Is this a joke? If the council really wanted to boost the town's footfall it would either scrap or greatly reduce the scandalous charges that are in place. Parking in Handforth is free at the Paddock and nearby, why is Wilmslow always being ripped off?
Yolanta Buxton
Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 4:50 pm
We need to welcome shoppers from beyond Wilmslow. To increase parking spaces for them, locals should only walk to and from the town centre on the specified days, if necessary using shopping trolleys for large and heavy purchases.
Sally Hoare
Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 7:20 pm
How would anyone from outside the area hear about this and thus be attracted to come and shop on those days? 3 days a year, is this a joke? One day a month maybe a good idea, say first Friday or first Saturday of the month.
Oliver Romain
Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 7:55 am
Its very simple. Instead of wasting time and money on one off free parking days just make parking permanently free on bank holidays. This is when commuters are unlikely to need spaces and it resolves the issue permanently.
Its surprising that charges apply on bank holidays anyway.
David Scott
Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 8:12 am
Three random days are a total waste of time. Like Sally's idea of one day a month, makes more sense. Plus if they really want to increase footfall in the town center some public toilets are essential.