Christchurch Chamber of Commerce Launches Cheaper Parking Campaign

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By NewsPipe | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12:43

Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce (CCTC) has launched a campaign to get town centre parking charges reduced.

The CCTC wants to see 2 hours parking charged at £1 in an effort to increase the town's attractiveness to shoppers. A petition is being circulated to traders and shoppers alike to get them signed up to the cause.

Peter Watson-Lee, President of the Chamber said: "Car parking charges are a recognised deterrent to people visiting town centres. Add to this, supermarkets and Castlepoint offering free parking and towns surrounding Christchurch with cheaper parking, it's an obvious course of action to reduce the charge. We are aware of the Council's financial situation however we feel that our proposal for a £1 for 2 hours charge is reasonable and attainable."

Shoppers in Christchurch will now see posters around the town and be able sign the petition in the Post Office, Olde Eight Bells, Coast Coffee, Heartizans, Matthews Shoes, The Bay Tree, Scissors, Waitrose, the Coffee Pot and Castles with more being added as the campaign gains momentum.

"The Council is currently reviewing parking and this is an ideal time for everyone to get behind the Chamber of Trade's campaign and sign the petition," added Mr Watson-Lee.



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