THE £150,000 Refurbishment of Chester’s Market car park, formerly known as Princess Street car park, will be completed by Monday.
The council programme includes better lighting, painting, relining the parking bays and the introduction of a “Pay on Foot” system for parking charges.
The existing Pay & Display format for car park charging is to be replaced by the “Pay on Foot” system enabling motorists to pay for their parking at the end of their visit.
Visitors will be able to stay as long as they like without having to return to their cars to renew tickets, while paying at the end of a visit also removes the need to fine motorists for exceeding their time.
The lighting and repainting will brighten up the car park and should reduce some of the safety concerns that people often associate with multi-storey car parks.
Parking for disabled blue badge holders will still be available, but will be charged.
Alternative free facilities are being provided at the adjacent Trinity Street car park. In addition the lower levels of the Market car park – the Green and Yellow levels accessed from St Martin’s Way – will continue to operate Pay & Display and will continue to provide the four hour free parking facility for blue badge holders.
All other city council car parks will continue to provide free four hour parking for blue badge motorists, including two dedicated car parks at Frodsham Street – with Shopmobility – and Hamilton Place. Together with the on-street parking provision in the pedestrian area of Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street and Eastgate Street, parking facilities in Chester for people with disabilities remain some of the best in the country.
Councillor Stephen Mosley, Chester City Council executive member for customer services said: “This investment into our largest car park is long overdue and demonstrates the city council’s commitment to improving the parking facilities in the city for both residents and visitors.”