CHANGES are being made to car parks across Bromsgrove district from next Saturday (April 1).
The first will see the former Bromsgrove Railway Station Car Park be renamed ‘Aston Fields Car Park’.
It will serve the village, offering two hours worth of free parking for users, provided they take a ‘free ticket’ from the machine.
Coun Phil Thomas, who represents Aston Fields on Bromsgrove District Council, said he had been approached by shopkeepers and cafe owners who were keen for some free parking in the village.
“It’s great news for the traders and the local community.
“Hopefully people will spend more time shopping in the village.”
The second alteration sees the Hanover Street Car Park become the ‘St John Street Car Park’ and change a short stay car park. Once the new Waitrose is completed in May, there will be a £1 discount on parking for customers spending more than £10 in Waitrose, similar to an arrangement at the same supermarket in Droitwich.
New Road, Parkside and Recreation Road South car parks will also be redesignated to long stay car parks with New Road and Parkside being available for use by long stay season ticket holders.
The car parks’ charging structure will be amended accordingly, based on existing tariffs.
The council said changes were taking place in accordance with customer demand and amendments to the Council’s Parking Order.
Guy Revans, Bromsgrove District Council’s head of environmental services, said apologised for any confusion the changes may initially cause.
For more information contact the council’s parking team on 01527 881463.