OVER 100 NEWPORT BUSINESSES BACK CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE CAR PARKING PRICES

Fed up businesses in the heart of the Island’s county town are backing a campaign to see parking charges reduced to help bring more shoppers into Newport, help boost employment and help support businesses during these turbulent times for the High Street.

Newport Business Association (NBA) has been leading a long-standing campaign to see fairer car parking prices as the costs are said to be higher when compared to many other South Coast towns and cities. For example, it is between 40-60% more expensive to park in Newport Town than in Central Southampton’s West Quay car park.

Now, over 100 businesses are making their voices heard by putting their name to the campaign with the stark warning that further proposed parking cost increases for this year are simply untenable and in no way compatible with the sustainability of the County town.

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NBA is writing an open letter to councillors and Bob Seely MP, making it clear that business is being driven out of the town centre and that this puts jobs at risk. The Association recognises that Newport town centre is in a desperate and worsening state and that radical action is needed. It also recognises that car parking revenues form an essential part of local authority revenues and that an imaginative approach to car parking can bring incomes for both Isle of Wight Council and local traders in Newport.

John McLaughlin, Chair of Newport Business Association, explains the fresh ideas that will help everyone:

“We know that car parking has a major influence on where people decide to go and spend time. We have looked at examples from other towns in the UK that have taken a new approach to car parking and found that it brought customers back to enjoy the town centre.”

The NBA proposal is to offer some additional free on-street parking, for a limited time, plus a first hour free in the main car parks. It is also believed that all car parks should be long stay, arguing that this is something shoppers are looking for. To encourage people to stay even longer in the town centre, the NBA thinks that the idea of a £5 all-day fee should be trialled.

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The ideas are based on successful recent parking experiments carried out in other UK towns. The results show that people often choose to stay longer than just the free parking time and so pay for extra time. It also brings people back into town who don’t usually visit.

Mark Horton from French Franks summed up the feelings of many Newport traders:

“Parking charges in Newport do not represent value for money. Charges are on average 50% higher than parking in Central Southampton. We hear everyday how these prices are driving businesses and shoppers out of the town centre.

“We all want to see a recovering and vibrant county town. This cannot be achieved through current charging levels or proposed future increases for town centre parking.”

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Councillors are being asked to consider a 4-month trial this Autumn.

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plato
plato
1 month ago

Good luck with that. If it was up to me town centre and seaside parking would be free

John
John
Reply to  plato
1 month ago

And me

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

Good luck with that, but I think we all know this council are all about greed.

Tim C
Tim C
1 month ago

The council have said in recent months, that their plan to reduce traffic across the island and especially in newport is to increase charges for drivers. This will make it unfeasible to use a car for some people.
They have already started to target residential streets for parking charges, for example, Jellicoe Road. This may just be the tip of the iceberg.
Sadly, I really can’t see them going back on this strategy as thousands more houses are built with no extra roads being provided for the drivers that come with them.
This is a totally unsustainable situation.

Fuss free
Fuss free
Reply to  Tim C
1 month ago

Reducing traffic just won’t happen, especially with the proposed 1500 new builds on the outskirts of Ryde Town Centre, and others across the Island. Every one of these occupiers will have, and will need at least one car. High parking charges stop people coming into town. So for once IWCC listen to the people.

yes way
yes way
1 month ago

I think the NBA have a great chance of getting the free parking trial approved.

Because as one councillor recently quipped “I haven’t heard anything extraordinary to oppose it”

Sunnydaze
Sunnydaze
1 month ago

Not only Newport…sneaky council have stopped folk enjoying walks to Brighstone beach by putting in summertime day time restrictions at the pull in by Grange chine …beware

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

I have all ready started plans to leave this island
The cost of living her is far more than most people can earn
So on yer bike Isle of Wight council you wont be stinging me and my family much longer

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