NEWPORT PARKING: Councillor backs voucher plan

NEWPORT city councillor is backing a potential “third way” in the argument over two hours’ free parking.

  Our campaign to Keep City Parking Free is now into its fourth week, urging the council to reverse its decision to axe free parking for two hours in its city centre car parks from February.

  The two-year-old scheme, which the council accepts has brought people to the city centre, was said to be “unsustainable” given the future budget constraints the authority faces.

  Labour councillor for Rogerstone Chris Evans, who abstained from voting when full council heard a motion in support of our campaign, is now backing what he feels is a potential compromise initiative first proposed by Argus editor Kevin Ward.

  Cllr Evans is backing a voucher scheme, which would reward people who used city centre businesses after parking in council car parks.

  He said that shoppers’ parking tickets would act as a type of discount voucher in any business wishing to take part in the scheme.

  Cllr Evans said: “Businesses would be able to come up with a range of rewards for people parking in council car parks to try to make the parking cost neutral for shoppers.

  “For example, if you showed your ticket in a coffee shop involved in the scheme you might get a free cup of coffee. The benefit to businesses would be that often people won’t just have a coffee, they will have a bun as well, say, or there will be more than one person in the car.

  “Most tills now are fitted with a discount button so it wouldn’t hopefully cost much to implement.

“The council could lead on this too by perhaps running the scheme in the Riverfront and the Newport Centre.

  “The idea is not perfect but we need to start talking about a plan b, or a third way, because I don’t subscribe at all to the view that the city centre is finished and that we should give up on it.”

  Argus editor Kevin Ward said: “I’m delighted a member of the ruling Labour group can see the benefits of a voucher or discount scheme that would effectively give back to shoppers that £1 fee.

  “I know the chamber of trade sees merit in the idea as it would give shoppers an added incentive to use city centre shops.

  “It’s just a shame the council’s political leaders seem unwilling or unable to engage with us.”

  More than 4,000 people have signed our petition against the scrapping of free parking.

  Martin Wade Digital Editor South Wales Argus

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6:02pm Fri 28 Dec 12

richie55 says...

Seems like a good idea to me!
Seems like a good idea to me! richie55
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6:17pm Fri 28 Dec 12

D Taylor says...

Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council.

But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem.
Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council. But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem. D Taylor
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7:57pm Fri 28 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

It is an idea but the problem is this...

The retailers are complaining about the lack of business and this scheme takes money from their pocket to either by paying for your parking or giving you a gift (a free coffee) or giving you a discount which will cut into profit.

Will the retailers be happy with this?

This idea, as most ideas, has some serious faults and hasn't been thought through. It seems to have been more just thrown out there.

The best remedy to the problem of having car parks that need to be payed for and maintained is to......... wait for it........... pay for parking, say maybe a quid for 3 hours?

Seems kind of sensible to me.

More over, I drive my Rolls into town and get a free coffee, you take the bus, pay to use it and get NOTHING!

Is that fair?

NOPE!
It is an idea but the problem is this... The retailers are complaining about the lack of business and this scheme takes money from their pocket to either by paying for your parking or giving you a gift (a free coffee) or giving you a discount which will cut into profit. Will the retailers be happy with this? This idea, as most ideas, has some serious faults and hasn't been thought through. It seems to have been more just thrown out there. The best remedy to the problem of having car parks that need to be payed for and maintained is to......... wait for it........... pay for parking, say maybe a quid for 3 hours? Seems kind of sensible to me. More over, I drive my Rolls into town and get a free coffee, you take the bus, pay to use it and get NOTHING! Is that fair? NOPE! areyour4real
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8:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Robert Shillabeer says...

areyour4real wrote:
It is an idea but the problem is this...

The retailers are complaining about the lack of business and this scheme takes money from their pocket to either by paying for your parking or giving you a gift (a free coffee) or giving you a discount which will cut into profit.

Will the retailers be happy with this?

This idea, as most ideas, has some serious faults and hasn't been thought through. It seems to have been more just thrown out there.

The best remedy to the problem of having car parks that need to be payed for and maintained is to......... wait for it........... pay for parking, say maybe a quid for 3 hours?

Seems kind of sensible to me.

More over, I drive my Rolls into town and get a free coffee, you take the bus, pay to use it and get NOTHING!

Is that fair?

NOPE!
Quite true, I went to town today, parked in the multi story at Kingsway, did what I needed and was gone inside half an hour, no need for a coffee free or not. Where's the incentive from that.

Seems like an idea to sound good in the eyes of the voter.
[quote][p][bold]areyour4real[/bold] wrote: It is an idea but the problem is this... The retailers are complaining about the lack of business and this scheme takes money from their pocket to either by paying for your parking or giving you a gift (a free coffee) or giving you a discount which will cut into profit. Will the retailers be happy with this? This idea, as most ideas, has some serious faults and hasn't been thought through. It seems to have been more just thrown out there. The best remedy to the problem of having car parks that need to be payed for and maintained is to......... wait for it........... pay for parking, say maybe a quid for 3 hours? Seems kind of sensible to me. More over, I drive my Rolls into town and get a free coffee, you take the bus, pay to use it and get NOTHING! Is that fair? NOPE![/p][/quote]Quite true, I went to town today, parked in the multi story at Kingsway, did what I needed and was gone inside half an hour, no need for a coffee free or not. Where's the incentive from that. Seems like an idea to sound good in the eyes of the voter. Robert Shillabeer
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9:44pm Fri 28 Dec 12

disillusioned of Newport says...

A single bus ticket from Rogerstone to Npt costs £1.40. A return costs £2.60. Where is the incentive for shoppers using the bus? £1 seems more than reasonable to park in Newport. Look at the Cardiff.gov.uk website. Cardiff are charging £3.50 for up to 3 hrs of parking. You also have a park and ride on the outskirt of Cardiff into the City Centre which costs £3 all day and the car park is very clean/tidy/protected as well as the buses. I suggest NCC meet with Cardiff City Council to see how they can implement some of their policies and encourage big store names back to Npt. I dont see how free parking will improve or attract retailers & customers back to the city centre. When M&S disappears from Npt that is the last of the big names gone.I will be taking the train to cardiff to shop in M&S as it will be nearer for me to travel. i dont drive anymore so if I decided to travel to Spytty Retail Park it would take me two buses there and two buses back and more expensive in bus fares than buying a non peak day return to cardiff. There is simply no attraction or incentive anymore for me to shop in newport which is a shame.
A single bus ticket from Rogerstone to Npt costs £1.40. A return costs £2.60. Where is the incentive for shoppers using the bus? £1 seems more than reasonable to park in Newport. Look at the Cardiff.gov.uk website. Cardiff are charging £3.50 for up to 3 hrs of parking. You also have a park and ride on the outskirt of Cardiff into the City Centre which costs £3 all day and the car park is very clean/tidy/protected as well as the buses. I suggest NCC meet with Cardiff City Council to see how they can implement some of their policies and encourage big store names back to Npt. I dont see how free parking will improve or attract retailers & customers back to the city centre. When M&S disappears from Npt that is the last of the big names gone.I will be taking the train to cardiff to shop in M&S as it will be nearer for me to travel. i dont drive anymore so if I decided to travel to Spytty Retail Park it would take me two buses there and two buses back and more expensive in bus fares than buying a non peak day return to cardiff. There is simply no attraction or incentive anymore for me to shop in newport which is a shame. disillusioned of Newport
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9:45pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Adrian Williams says...

The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ?
The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ? Adrian Williams
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10:00pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Mr Bump. says...

D Taylor wrote:
Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council.

But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem.
I thought Kigsway car park was controlled by the Council.
[quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council. But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem.[/p][/quote]I thought Kigsway car park was controlled by the Council. Mr Bump.
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12:20am Sat 29 Dec 12

D Taylor says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
D Taylor wrote:
Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council.

But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem.
I thought Kigsway car park was controlled by the Council.
I'm referring to the multi-storey at the Kingsway Centre. The council do run a few small surface car parks in the vicinity but the number of spaces that they provide is a tiny fraction of the more than 1,000 spaces in the Kingsway multi-storey.

The Council do not run the multi-storey it is provided by the company who own the Kingsway Centre. Just like in Cwmbran where the car parks are owned by the shopping mall owner and not by Torfaen Council. So charging policy is in private hands and nothing to do with Newport Council.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D Taylor[/bold] wrote: Possibly, and I don't want to knock an imaginative idea, but don't forget that the Council will only have one large car park left shortly and that's Park Square which is quite a long way from the market and shops which are complaining about the new charge. It is more important what happens at the KIngsway Multi-storey and that's nothing to do with the Council. But at least this councillor is trying to solve the problem.[/p][/quote]I thought Kigsway car park was controlled by the Council.[/p][/quote]I'm referring to the multi-storey at the Kingsway Centre. The council do run a few small surface car parks in the vicinity but the number of spaces that they provide is a tiny fraction of the more than 1,000 spaces in the Kingsway multi-storey. The Council do not run the multi-storey it is provided by the company who own the Kingsway Centre. Just like in Cwmbran where the car parks are owned by the shopping mall owner and not by Torfaen Council. So charging policy is in private hands and nothing to do with Newport Council. D Taylor
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8:47am Sat 29 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ?
Why should a councillor be sacked for telling the truth?
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ?[/p][/quote]Why should a councillor be sacked for telling the truth? areyour4real
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9:00am Sat 29 Dec 12

Woodgnome says...

The proposal is petty politics and a face saving piece of tinkering and in my judgement a waste of energy.If you want to raise the profile of Newport reintroduce what will be taken away...
The proposal is petty politics and a face saving piece of tinkering and in my judgement a waste of energy.If you want to raise the profile of Newport reintroduce what will be taken away... Woodgnome
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5:37pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Adrian Williams says...

areyour4real wrote:
Adrian Williams wrote:
The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ?
Why should a councillor be sacked for telling the truth?
The point is, he's employed to serve the people of Newport and his words were tantamount to saying "I can't be bothered/ there's no point in trying"
[quote][p][bold]areyour4real[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: The councillor who described Newport City Centre as "dead" should be sacked - has he even faced disciplinary action ?[/p][/quote]Why should a councillor be sacked for telling the truth?[/p][/quote]The point is, he's employed to serve the people of Newport and his words were tantamount to saying "I can't be bothered/ there's no point in trying" Adrian Williams
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