MOTORISTS visiting Chorley will receive an early Christmas present with the creation of new public parking spaces with one hour free parking from Monday.
Just weeks after Chorley Council announced it was pressing ahead with plans to bring a cinema, big name retailers and restaurants to the town, the authority is already opening up new parking to offset spaces that will be lost during the development work.
The 55-space Hollinshead Street car park (at the back of the council’s Union Street offices) will be open as a public short stay car park all week from 5 December with one hour free parking.
Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We know that parking is really important for the town centre and it has rightly been highlighted as part of our development proposals.
“This car park has been used for staff parking during the week but we can relocate our staff further away from the town centre opening up spaces close to the shops.
“We know free parking is something shoppers enjoy so we’ve decided to offer one hour free on this car park so people can nip into the shops and it will hopefully help people to change their parking habits and consider parking on this car park more often.”
The new tariffs for this car park will be one hour free and three hours (which will be the maximum stay) for £1. Parking will remain free after 1pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays.