Our high streets are just starting to recover from two years of pandemic restrictions and lockdown. There’s a bit of a buzz and businesses are feeling more confident.
But Conservative-run Hampshire County Council’s decision to take over control of on-street parking in market towns could mean all the good work encouraging shoppers back is put at risk.
Hampshire County Council (HCC) has just launched two on-street parking pilot schemes - one in Lymington and one in Fareham. In both towns, only 20 minutes of parking is free with additional time charged at £1 per hour and tickets obtained from on-street parking meters.
In both cases, they introduced the scheme in the face of opposition from the District Council, Town Council, local businesses, local residents and local councillors.
If this is repeated in Alresford, many of our independent shops and businesses that rely on 'pop in' business will be impacted. HCC's proposal for just 20 minutes of free parking is likely to deter shoppers, pushing them online or to out of town supermarkets where parking is free.
Sign the petition:
We, the undersigned, call on Hampshire County Council (HCC) to protect independent high street businesses and shops in Hampshire's market towns by protecting 1 hour free parking.