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Parking charges return to three Spalding car parks as summer initiative comes to an end

Posted on 27 September 2021

Following a three-month summer initiative to encourage shoppers back to Spalding town centre following the COVID lockdown, usual charges will return to three short-stay car parks from Friday 1 October.

The free period in the town's short-stay car parks was part of a wider piece of work by the Council over the summer, pledging support to town centre businesses and market traders to encourage an increased footfall of shoppers to the town, following a challenging period of restrictions.

There was a positive response to the initiative as people began to return to the town's shops, market, hospitality and entertainment venues, and support will continue going forwards in a variety of different ways, including events and other incentives for shoppers and visitors.

From Friday Vine Street and Herring Lane will return to their previous rates of £1 for an hour up to £2.50 for four hours from this date, with Sheep Market remaining at 50p for 30 minutes and £1 for an hour. Parking will remain free of charge during evenings and on Sundays and bank holidays.

These charges allow the council to make added investment in car parking provision in the District, and also ensure that short-stay car parks are used fairly and are available to those visiting the town, giving people easy access to shop, eat and explore nearby attractions.

Councillor Rodney Grocock, portfolio holder for Spalding town improvement, said: "It has been great to see the positive response to this initiative of free short-stay parking over the past three months, and more people taking the opportunity to explore the variety of local and independent businesses and traders in Spalding and enjoy the excellent hospitality of one of our pubs, cafes or restaurants."

"We hope that now those people have returned they will appreciate what our town has to offer and continue to come back. These three months were just one of numerous initiatives to help support our town centres and encourage people to use the great local businesses and traders we have, with more events and plans due to be announced in the coming weeks - so watch this space!"