Sunday, 10 November 2013

"Leave car at home" plea as parking charges start

A COUNCIL boss has urged Knowle workers to consider leaving their car at home as long-stay charges are introduced in car parks.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council introduced charges on Wednesday of three hours or more.

Cabinet member for transport and highways Ted Richards said: “All the current car parking changes are based on our desire to see our centres prosper.

“Our aim is to underpin the village’s vitality by ensuring there is car parking available for shoppers and visitors to the area.

“In the interest of reducing congestion and being mindful of the environmental implications, we would also ask people to think about how they travel to work and, where practical, consider using more sustainable modes of transport, including the improving local bus services, or cycling and walking, which also have associated health benefits.”

The Conservative said: “We will continue monitor the effects of these changes and work with local residents, businesses, retailers and other stakeholders to look at future parking and transport opportunities to help secure the long term viability of Knowle village centre.”

Drivers have to get a ticket for free and paid parking, in operation from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, including public and bank holidays.

Three to four hours will be 50p; up to five hours £1; up to six hours £1.50 and up to 10 hours £2. Drivers will not be able to return within two hours of ticket expiry.

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