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Gloucester City Council slashes night time parking charges

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

Car parking charges are coming down in Gloucester

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Gloucester's evening economy is in for a boost after the city council slashed car parking charges.

The multi-storey car parks in Kings Walk and the Eastgate Centre will be free after 5pm in the evenings, compared with the current end time of 7pm.

The Southgate Moorings car park at The Docks will be free after 6pm, with the evening charge of £2 abolished. This carpark has been extremely busy after the recent opening of TGI Friday's at the Docks.

The changes are due to take effect from the end of September. Most other City Council car parks are free after 6pm, as is most city centre on-street parking.

The changes come after requests from residents and businesses and are designed to help boost the evening economy in the city.

The Kings Walk multi-storey car park serves the Gloucester Guildhall entertainment venue and Southgate Moorings is popular with visitors to the bars and restaurants in the Docks and the Gloucester Quays leisure quarter.

Council Leader, Paul James said: “In recent years, we have made significant changes to our parking tariff, both bringing charges down and bringing forward the time when charging stops. These latest changes are the next logical steps.

“We want to support the evening economy in the city centre and the Docks and Quays.

"The Guildhall is a cultural gem in the heart of the city centre and with some films starting at 5.45pm, adjusting the charging times in the adjacent car park seems sensible.

"These changes will not only support the Guildhall but all of the evening businesses in the city centre.

“The success of the new leisure quarter at Gloucester Quays has stopped the leak of spend from Gloucester to other evening destinations and brought more people to the area.

"Ending the night-time charging at Southgate Moorings is part of our contribution to ensuring that success is sustained.”

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  • gloslad27  |  August 28 2014, 10:25PM

    Free parking will not happen during the day.

  • lolmyopinion  |  August 27 2014, 5:31PM

    Evening economy mentioned... Awaiting statement from Justin Hudson.

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  • Localgirl75  |  August 27 2014, 9:29AM

    jas37 We have our own car park. And unless you want to be up to put a new ticket in for 7 I really don't see that it's going to be much of an issue.

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  • jas37  |  August 26 2014, 8:20PM

    It's good to see the Council trying to help the Night-time economy. I have concerns regarding the proposal to make the Southgate Moorings car park free after 6pm. Could the law of unintended consequences ensure that this car park if filled by City Centre and Docks residents taking advantage of free overnight parking. Will there be a time limit to deter this? Wouldn't it have made sense to charge an evening flat rate of £1 in line with the Quays Multi-storey?