15th May, 2021

Fears over 'higher' car parking charges for Bromsgrove town centre workers if multi-storey remains shut

Tristan Harris 10th Jun, 2020 Updated: 10th Jun, 2020

A JEWELLERY shop employee has expressed her fears about how much workers will have to pay to park in Bromsgrove town centre if the cheapest option – the Churchfields multi-storey – remains shut.

The Standard was contacted by Sharon McSweeney who works at F Hinds in the High Street who is due to return to work on Monday, June 15, when all ‘non-essential’ shops are able to open.

As she is due to increase her hours, it would be more economical for her to use the multi-storey.

She said: “If you use any of the other car parks in Bromsgrove it equates to £5 per day but Churchfields is just £3 and even cheaper if you get a pass.

“I don’t want to be paying £20 per week to park my car.”

She questioned why other multi-storey car parks, including at Redditch’s Kingfisher Centre and Touchwood in Solihull, were open but Bromsgrove’s was not.

Parking is currently free with charges not due to return until July 1.

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “We will let people know of any changes in due course.”

On Churchfields being shut she added: “The car parks at the Kingfisher and Touchwood are much bigger than the one in Bromsgrove and therefore have more scope for social distancing.

“The multi-storey here was closed because of that reason and risk assessments will be carried out on our multi-storey as part of our constant review.”

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