Bosses at Stoke-on-Trent City Council say they going to let their free car parking scheme run for another 2 weeks.
Last month, the council made all of its 42 car parks in towns, communities and the city centre free to support businesses, shoppers and visitors in the recovery from Coronavirus.
Now the council will make car parks in the following locations free for two weeks from Saturday 4 July to Saturday 18 July:
- Burslem – Queen Street, Market Place and St John Square
- Hanley – Lower Huntbach Street
- Stoke – South Wolfe Street.
The council is also still continuing to operate its 30-minute free parking, originally introduced in February, at the following car park locations:
- Burslem – Chapel Lane and Navigation Road
- Fenton – City Road
- Longton – Longton Exchange
- Meir – Weston Road
- Stoke – South Wolfe Street
- Tunstall – Butterfield Place.
Council Leader Abi Brown said: “We want to give every support to our towns and centres as more shops and locations continue to open, to encourage visitors back in a safe environment.
"We’re pleased to announce that a number of car parks will remain free and our initiative to make short-stay parking free at a number of locations will also continue.
"We hope that visitors will take advantage of these opportunities and return to our high streets, following safety advice.”
Councillors are also reminding residents that the Shopmobility service will resume from Monday (July 6), with some changes in place to keep customers and staff safe.
The service will open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 4pm, by appointment only by calling 01782 233333 after 9.30am on the day of the visit.
Social distancing measures will be in place, and card payment-only will be accepted.
Equipment has been deep cleaned ready for use, and will be cleaned again using anti-bacterial wipes before being handed over.