Taking business support to the next level

3 Jul 2020 12:39
Published by: Scott Callan

Bolton centre businesses welcoming back customers following the easing of lockdown restrictions have been given another boost.

From Tuesday shoppers and visitors will enjoy up to two hours of free parking on weekdays at Ashburner Street car park and all three town centre NCP multi-storeys.

The move complements the existing offer, which gives drivers all-day free parking at weekends and bank holidays in the Octagon, Topp Way and Deane Road multi-storey car parks.

Free weekday and Saturday parking in on street pay and display bays is set to start during August, after machines have been reconfigured.

Last week Bolton council unveiled a £1.25million support package which, in addition to free parking, includes measures to support town centres across the borough.

It includes having Town Centre Information Officers in every district, developing a rewards scheme, new social distancing signage, hand sanitiser stations and a marketing campaign.

The offer has now been approved by councillors. Deputy council leader Martyn Cox, said: “We want to get Bolton shopping again, that is why we’ve made it even easier and more convenient to visit the town centre.

“Together with the existing weekend scheme, and the annual offer for Christmas shoppers, visitors will enjoy free or discounted parking in Bolton for the foreseeable future.

“The public should be assured that safety measures are in place and I urge everyone who can to come out and support our town centre businesses.

“The weekday parking offer will benefit Bolton Market’s loyal customers – the traders have been remarkable during the pandemic, with many introducing online ordering. This will be an added boost.”

 

The additional cost of the free weekday parking will be fully covered by Bolton Council and it is anticipated that the offer will be in place until November.

It follows extensive conversations with local businesses about the support they need and how the council can help high streets across the borough to recover after lockdown.

 

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