THE wheels are in motion to get free town centre car parking introduced in time for Christmas.
The Pioneer last week reported how councillors had unanimously agreed to support the proposal put forward by council leader Justin Madders during an environment committee meeting.
The move would see the main town centre car park at Asda made completely free, although there would be a four-hour limit due to an existing agreement in place with the supermarket.
To get the scheme in force over the festive period the three relevant meetings have been specially brought forward.
The highways committee will meet tonight (Wednesday) at 6.15pm, with a resources meeting and an extra-ordinary full council meeting taking place respectively tomorrow evening.
Cllr Madders said: “It has been all hands to the pump. Our main priority is to get this in before Christmas.
“Hopefully, if it all goes through, it’s looking like it will be mid-December.”
At the environment committee meeting councillors were initially asked to consider a proposal for free parking after 3pm.
Independent politicians Jonathan Starkey, John Wilson and Henny Moore launched a campaign back in August, with the support of market traders and the Port Arcades, in a bid to attract more visitors to the town in the afternoon.
More than 7,000 people signed a petition backing the proposal.
If the scheme is supported at the meetings this week, it is likely to cost in the region of £140,000 to implement.