Traders welcome plans for more free parking in Stourbridge

Motorists using Stourbridge town centre will soon benefit from more free on-street parking. Buy photo: 331442L.

Motorists using Stourbridge town centre will soon benefit from more free on-street parking. Buy photo: 331442L. Buy this photo

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STOURBRIDGE traders have welcomed plans to introduce additional free parking in a bid to encourage more shoppers to use the town centre.

Dudley Council has revealed that a number of on-street parking spaces will be created to rev up trade in the town but it is not yet known how many or where they will be.

Transport boss Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transportation, said: “Dudley Council is the exception to the rule across the whole Black Country in that we do not charge for on-street parking in any of our town centres.

"Stourbridge has free on-street parking throughout the High Street, Lower High Street and Market Street and working with local councillors, plans are already in place to increase the number of free spaces to support shoppers and traders further.

"We hope to be in a position to announce this additional free parking shortly."

He added: “In addition to a number of council pay and display car parks, visitors to the town also have access to the free three hour parking on offer in the 550 space Tesco car park after Dudley Council worked in partnership to carry out the multi-million pound regeneration project for the town.”

Town trader Clive Sowerby, who runs Sowerby’s Shoes in Lower High Street, said "it was about time" and added: "Traders have suffered a lot due to the recession and coping with the rebuilding of the town centre but there is tremendous opportunity now, with Stourbridge looking as it does."

Rich Kenwrick, owner of Top Dog T Shirts, in Foster Street, added: "I think it is a brilliant idea, Stourbridge needs more free parking because it is difficult.

"I've had customers mention that it's a nightmare to park around here, even though we've got Tesco, not everyone is aware they can use it and for the elderly it is quite a walk from the top of town."

High Street trader Roger Eames of Celebrations card shop, agreed: "I think anything  that encourages people to use the town is going to be very beneficial. It's very positive. Not everyone finds it easy to park in a multi-storey and for different reasons, like to park on the street."

The news comes days after UKIP councillors Paul Bradley and Paul Brothwood announced their intention to campaign for greater free parking in the town.

They have joined forces with West Midlands MEP James Carver to help "remove trade barriers" and "revitalise local shopping areas".

Cllr Bradley said: “At the moment everyone parks at the Tesco store because of the free parking. It’s common sense really - the introduction of free parking in other areas would centralise things.”

Cllr Brothwood added: “As a local business owner I understand the frustrations of small businesses.

“Providing greater free parking provision would fuel additional footfall and trade in Stourbridge.”

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8:33pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ice3582 says...

I Personally think that it would be a great idea once a month to close the High Street and have one big Farmers and Craft Market in the High Street.
The shops and shoppers would benefit from one not having to walk on the small pavements and to bring extra business into the town.
I Personally think that it would be a great idea once a month to close the High Street and have one big Farmers and Craft Market in the High Street. The shops and shoppers would benefit from one not having to walk on the small pavements and to bring extra business into the town. ice3582
  • Score: 2

9:16pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Sam Vimes says...

"Transport boss Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transportation, said: “Dudley Council is the exception to the rule across the whole Black Country in that we do not charge for on-street parking in any of our town centres. ".

Is this going to be his new parking sound bite now that his " cheapest parking in the black country" has been shown to be nonsense? Don't know about other towns but in Halesowen most streets are plastered in double yellows so it's easy to see why they don't charge for on street parking. There isn't any.

It is funny that they're expecting credit for doing something everyone has been asking for, for years though. Perhaps there is a prospect of it happening in Halesowen too before they have to turn the cornbow into one massive charity shop.
"Transport boss Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transportation, said: “Dudley Council is the exception to the rule across the whole Black Country in that we do not charge for on-street parking in any of our town centres. ". Is this going to be his new parking sound bite now that his " cheapest parking in the black country" has been shown to be nonsense? Don't know about other towns but in Halesowen most streets are plastered in double yellows so it's easy to see why they don't charge for on street parking. There isn't any. It is funny that they're expecting credit for doing something everyone has been asking for, for years though. Perhaps there is a prospect of it happening in Halesowen too before they have to turn the cornbow into one massive charity shop. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 2

7:46am Thu 14 Aug 14

KCCQBR says...

More free parking to encourage more visitors to Stourbridge. So building the monstrous Tesco hasn't miraculously boosted trade in town? Is anyone surprised? Quite frankly the development is a blot on the landscape.
Obviously shoppers are doing exactly what most of us knew they would, go to Tesco then go home.
Will the councillors who hailed it as a wonderful solution for regenration apologise when proved wrong?
More free parking to encourage more visitors to Stourbridge. So building the monstrous Tesco hasn't miraculously boosted trade in town? Is anyone surprised? Quite frankly the development is a blot on the landscape. Obviously shoppers are doing exactly what most of us knew they would, go to Tesco then go home. Will the councillors who hailed it as a wonderful solution for regenration apologise when proved wrong? KCCQBR
  • Score: -2

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