Visitors to Chorley are being reminded that the town centre now has more free and cheaper parking spaces following the introduction of new tariffs on all council car parks.
Chorley Council has introduced the new tariffs to encourage drivers to use different car parks in the town centre.
The authority also wants to ensure people continue to visit and shop in Chorley while redevelopment work takes place on the Flat Iron to extend Market Walk shopping centre.
The new charges will give people up to one hour parking for free on all short stay car parks, except the Flat Iron, and up to three hours free on all long stay car parks. A two-hour maximum stay limit has also been introduced on the Flat Iron to increase turnover of spaces and encourage people to park on one of the many other car parks in the town centre for free or at low cost.
The two-hour maximum stay on the Flat Iron is also applicable during the town’s usual free periods of parking including Saturdays 1pm to 5pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays 8am to 5pm and a time of arrival ticket must be obtained from the car park machine.
Chief executive of Chorley Council Gary Hall said: “We have introduced the new parking tariffs to try and change people’s parking habits in Chorley town centre and to provide visitors with more free and cheaper parking options.
“Because the Flat Iron is the most central car park in Chorley, a lot of drivers head straight for it when they can park just a few minutes’ walk away for free or cheaper and for longer. Yes, there is work taking place on the Flat Iron but we are trying to minimise disruption and it is important for the extension to Market Walk and the redevelopment of the town centre.
“Changing the Flat Iron car park to a two-hour maximum stay car park is helping to free up spaces and it is important that people realise that this is applicable during the free periods on Saturdays after 1pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays between 8am and 5pm as well.
“Our advice is to download one of our parking maps showing where all the car parks are and check the parking tariff board carefully when obtaining a ticket, which you will need to do even in the free periods.”
For further information on car parking in Chorley town centre, please visit chorley.gov.uk/parking.