Free parking to help town shops

Joseph Bulmer

A NEW scheme designed to draw shoppers back into Torridge town centres will see free parking in some town car parks.

Torridge District Council will be offering free parking on Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays in Sydney House car park in Torrington, Manor car park in Holsworthy and The Pill car park in Bideford, starting on March 19.

Cllr Geoff Lee, the council’s lead member for parking services, said: “Although the council is obviously going to see reduced revenue because of this, we desperately want to help our local businesses survive this current economic climate and thrive in the future. Parking concessions such as this should encourage locals and visitors into our towns at the weekends. It’s a chance to get to know your town, have a browse around the local shops, stay for a coffee, have lunch or take the kids to the park. There’s plenty to do in all three of our market towns.”

The free car parking will start from 12 noon on Saturdays and all day Sundays. There will be a two hour limit in The Pill car park in Bideford, but no restrictions in the Sydney House and Manor car parks.