A BUSINESSMAN who was behind a move to have free car parking after 3pm in Chester city centre has backed campaigners aiming to introduce a similar scheme in Ellesmere Port.
Stephen Wundke, manager of The Groves Bar & Bistro and city centre co-ordinator, says he is impressed with the level of support for the move and sees no reason why it can’t be a success.
In Chester the scheme, which is being trialled for three months, has seen a 20% increase in the number of motorists using the car parks over the last four weeks, and if this trend continues it could become a permanent fixture.
A campaign to bring free parking forward from 6pm to 3pm in Ellesmere Port was launched earlier this month and more than 3,500 people have signed a petition in support.
Mr Wundke said: “If you can get local people using the town centre it’s good for everyone.”
Port Arcades manager Les Lyon says one shop gathered more than 400 signatures in a day.
The Arcades recently carried out research which revealed shoppers would make more visits if the cost of car parking was reduced.
Mr Lyons said: “Offering free parking after 3pm during weekdays will be a real incentive.
“We are living in challenging times and any reduction in parking costs for shoppers would represent a positive response to this.”