Council to treble free parking bays

NILABE120228c1, Pay and display, Albion car park, Ilkeston.
NILABE120228c1, Pay and display, Albion car park, Ilkeston.

Plans to make spaces in three Ilkeston car parks free for half an hour have been announced exclusively to the Advertiser.

Cllr Chris Corbett, leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: “Local shopkeepers have told us that the trial of free short stay parking has been very successful, particularly in Ilkeston.

“We have listened to them and to residents who appreciate being able to nip in to our shops to collect small items like dry cleaning and a newspaper but don’t want to pay for parking for a full hour, albeit only costing 60p.

“We are therefore more than doubling the spaces in Ilkeston that are completely free for half an hour.”

The plans will see Baker Street, Queen Street and Station Road car parks become completely free for 30 minutes.

Disabled spaces will remain as they are.

Part of the cost of these improvements will be met by the Brussels Terrace car park reverting to a normal Pay and Display at the end of the current trial, with the rest coming from the council’s regeneration pot.

Cllr Corbett added: “The idea of Brussels Terrace being a free car park was to get people using the bottom of Bath Street.

“That hasn’t been the case and instead we have seen people driving in and parking up all day.

“Making this a paid for car park will go some of the way to making more spaces free to try and encourage shoppers into the town centre.”

The changes, which will come into force on April 1, will see the number of free 30 minute bays rise from 22 currently to 63.

More than 67,500 drivers have used the free bays since they were introduced last summer.

The changes will be reviewed after a year. There will still be no charge to park before 10am and after 6pm.