CAERPHILLY Council’s Cabinet approves plans for the temporary suspension of car parking charges until 30th September 2021.
A report was considered by Cabinet at a virtual meeting where they approved the suspension of charges for council-owned car parks across the borough for a further 6 months until the 30th September 2021 when it will be subject to further review.
The Leader of Council, Cllr Philippa Marsden, called for the report to be prepared which recommended the extension of current free parking arrangements until the end of September.
“We have waived charges in our car parks over recent months to show our commitment to supporting both our local businesses and residents. We want to carry on with this support on the road to recovery and will continue reviewing it,” said Cllr Marsden.
“This extension comes as part of a whole range of measures to support local businesses and is a key feature of the Council’s over-arching regeneration strategy.” She added.
Caerphilly County Borough Council already committed to offering free car parking until 31st March 2021 but given the recent restrictions imposed by the Welsh Government, Cabinet has agreed to extend the period to the end of September.
The economic climate remains extremely challenging for town centres, so the council wants to be able to show its support as current restrictions are eased over the coming weeks and months.
Cllr John Ridgewell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “As a council, we are doing all we can to support local businesses during these challenging times. As we hopefully start to see the easing of current coronavirus restrictions, we want to encourage residents to support the High Street.
“I am pleased that cabinet have approved a further extension to our free parking concession until at least the end of September as part of this support.”