Since the original car parking consultation a year ago, Hereford BID has been actively campaigning for all businesses for fit for purpose parking in the city centre that supports local shops. We are delighted to report that from today the FREE PARKING VOUCHER scheme, introduced by Herefordshire Council in December, will be extended for a period of up to six months pending a review of current provision. During this time the Council will consult with the public and businesses on the current arrangements to ascertain any future changes.
Mike Truelove, Operations Manager for the Hereford BID said "we are delighted to see the scheme extended and although it does not address the wider concerns that many businesses are experiencing with a reduction in custom, it is a welcome initiative that shops can directly offer to their customers as a thank you for their visit. To this end it is important that vouchers are given directly from shops to their own customers as there are limited car spaces with a huge demand from those wishing to park for free. We would also like to remind BID Businesses of the Car Parking meeting on Monday 29th January, 5.30pm at the Town Hall, where Councillor Durkin and Councillor Harlow will both present an update on the situation as well as our guest speaker, Karen Usher, who will talk about the opportunities the forthcoming new University will bring to Hereford". To book your place for the parking meeting please click the link here.
Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Roads and Regulatory Services, said: “We have continued to listen to feedback from local business and shoppers and have now agreed to review the on street parking scheme arrangements to ensure that the scheme both serves its transportation objectives and supports the economic vitality of Hereford and its city centre. The council will continue to work with the Hereford BID team to ensure that visitors are encouraged into the city centre. The council will welcome active involvement with the consultation process when it begins.”
The parking vouchers provide three hours free weekend car parking, on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Town Hall car park (access via East Street) and Greyfriars overflow car park (the section under the bridge only). Also, in the limited waiting bays on Castle Street where they can also be used for two hours free parking (Monday to Saturday). These locations are a short walk from the Independent Quarter on Church Street and the surrounding city area.
Instructions to download/ use vouchers
- The vouchers should only be downloaded by businesses to offer to their clients, not the public please
- New vouchers will be issued monthly from January to June
- Vouchers are now available for January - please click here to download
- Vouchers for February are now available - please click here to download
- Please come back again for further vouchers which will be uploaded in good time before the following month
For further information please email Mike Truelove at the Hereford BID: email@example.com