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Free town centre parking extended until January in Caerphilly

Caerphilly car park

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet has this week (26th September) agreed proposals to extend free car parking in its town centres until January 2023.

In addition, when parking charges are reintroduced, the initial hourly cost will be reduced to 40p.  New ticketing machines will also be installed in council owned car parks, making it easier for visitors to pay for parking.

Cabinet members considered feedback from a consultation exercise, carried out with members of the public and businesses, before approving the recommendations.

Cllr Julian Simmons, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said “We’re pleased to announce that car parking will remain free over autumn and the busy festive period, which we hope will encourage more people to shop locally.

“As a Cabinet we have taken many factors into account when considering proposals for car parking charges, including the views of residents and businesses.  During the consultation process, the availability of parking spaces was raised as a concern in some of our town centres; an issue which has been exacerbated in areas by the removal of fees.  By reinstating charges this should alleviate some of these problem areas, whilst the implementation of a reduced initial hourly rate will ensure parking remains affordable for those wishing to visit our towns for shorter periods.

“The income generated from fees is also essential in enabling us to continue maintaining our car parks and wider highway network.”