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Council launches new parking offers in hope of tempting more visitors to Bournemouth
A RANGE of new parking offers has been launched to try and tempt more visitors into Bournemouth car parks.
Bournemouth council has decided not to increase parking charges for a fourth successive year and has launched a range of new rates.
A scheme offering two hours parking for £1 has been extended to all council-owned car parks, except for the seafront and leisure car parks, and a deal allowing commuters to pay £4 to park all day has been extended to the Central and Berry Court car parks.
Daily, short break and weekly rover tickets are also being introduced which allow drivers to park in any seafront or long-stay car parks while the ticket is valid. This means motorists can park at the beach and then move to a town centre car park if their plans change.
Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport, said: “In the current economic climate we know local people may be feeling the pinch and we are doing all we can to help motorists get good value parking in the town.
“By rationalising our charges we are also supporting local businesses by offering competitive parking rates in comparison to other neighbouring towns to help attract shoppers and visitors in to the town.”
One of the areas that will benefit from the lower parking rates is Boscombe, where parking will be reduced to 50p for an hour and £1 for two hours.
Cllr Jane Kelly, cabinet member for partnerships and regeneration, said: “ I know that local businesses will welcome the decision to reduce parking charges in Boscombe which together with other work ongoing to improve the area will be another positive step towards boosting business in Boscombe as well as making Boscombe an affordable place to visit.”
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