Cutting car parking fees in Boston ruled out


A councillor is calling for the authority to work with traders in Boston on free parking offers to woo shoppers back into the town .

Coun Paul Gleeson says he has been increasingly alarmed at the low number of cars he has seen parked in the Bargate Green car park, and feels action is needed.

The Labour councillor said several people have approached him to say that where they used to come into Boston to meet up with friends they have taken to heading to Spalding or Sleaford, because of lower parking prices.

He argues that periods of free or even cut-price parking could help boost footfall – and may even bring in as much money if it attracts more people – but wants to ask businesses for their suggestions.

He told The Standard: “I think we should involve the shopkeepers and talk to people about it.”

Coun Derek Richmond, town centre portfolio holder, said the revenue from parking – about £1.1 million – is needed and ruled out any plan that would dent that.

He said: “I am not opposed to free parking at any time. The problem is that it is unaffordable. Charging for parking is not something we want to do it is something we have to do.”

He said the council welcomes schemes where businesses refund shoppers’ parking when they spend money in stores.

The council is also spending money on car parks such as resurfacing the Cattle Market.