The NFRN has continued to pursue reforms to parking charges following encouraging comments from the Minister for Local Government Marcus Jones.
Mr Jones, when asked recently, noted that the areas where high streets where performing best were those that had thought carefully about their approach to parking charges. He suggested that these councils understand the needs of their local area and are developing their policies to make sure that they are attracting people to come and shop on the high street.
NFRN chief executive Paul Baxter commented: “Local authorities need to rethink their approaches to parking charges as currently they are driving consumers towards the abundance of free parking at supermarkets and out of town developments.
“Whilst we believe local authorities should work to provide more competitively priced parking, NFRN members are aware that not charging is not always an option. Instead our members would like local authorities to work with local businesses to develop schemes that promote the local shopping areas.”
Following the comments made by the minister the NFRN has written to him to reiterate the points it raised in its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on unfair parking practices.
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