Text us your news! Start your message Warrington News and send any photos or videos to 80360
Parking charges affecting lifeblood of the high street
8:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
THE parking charges in Stockton Heath are affecting ‘the lifeblood’ of the high street, according to a trader.
Following an article published on August 15, the Warrington Guardian would like to make it clear that etc and baby etc in Stockton Heath has seen five years of increases in both footfall and turnover.
But this year has seen its first reduction in footfall.
Over the past five years, the shop’s customer numbers and sales have steadily increased but there has been a reduction in customer numbers since the changes in parking charges.
Owner of etc and baby etc, Paul McIntyre said: “The parking charges are affecting footfall which is the lifeblood of any high street.
“Warrington Borough Council does not have what a reasonable person would call an equitable parking policy.
“They are reluctant to discuss and disclose all relevant facts and figures - just the ones that can be manipulated to support their charges.”
Mr McIntyre, who has owned the shop for 25 years, believes the council needs to look at parking services as a whole and develop a pricing strategy that is both equitable and reasonable and discuss with local traders before implementing any changes.
Comments are closed on this article.