NEWPORT PARKING: Traders back parking compromise

SUPPORT: Butcher Mike Turner

SUPPORT: Butcher Mike Turner

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A POTENTIAL compromise in the free parking argument in Newport has received backing from city centre traders.

The proposed scheme would see the council's £1 charge for three hours parking, which will come into force in February, remain but local shops would offer a £1 discount in their stores. This would either be in the form of a discount on products or by reimbursing shoppers for their parking by giving them a token to pay for their parking as reward for spending over a certain amount.

It is hoped this would also encourage people to use local stores, with the council publicising those traders taking part in the scheme.

Mike Turner, of AD Turners butchers in the market, said: "We'd be behind that. Anything which could help would be welcome.

"My gut feeling is that parking should be free, and we had a great turnout from customers over Christmas and free parking helped that so whatever we can do to keep customers coming while we look at longer term options we'd get behind."

Kelvin Reddicliffe, manager of Timpson, said: "Initially I was set against the idea but speaking to my area manager, I've opened my mind to it a bit more. We need a compromise and I think it seems a good idea."

Alan Edwards, president of Newport Chamber of Trade and owner of Vacara's Fish and Chips, said: "It's a working idea but one we would be happy to implement here. "We've got to build up support for it and get everyone behind it. It's a building block before a Business Improvement District and the Friars Walk development which will all take more time."

But, Sue Williams, owner of the Elbow Room hairdressers did not agree.

She, said: "We are already struggling with not enough people coming into Newport and now we would have to pay for our customers' parking as well."

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2:56pm Sat 29 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

Oh gosh, what a mess!

Some traders want to pay for your parking, some don't.
People on the bus are ripped off.
Gut feelings about free parking.

What ever next?

My one thought is............
How much would you need to spend to get your parking paid for?
A quids worth of mince?

Great news to hear that business was good over Xmas though.
Oh gosh, what a mess! Some traders want to pay for your parking, some don't. People on the bus are ripped off. Gut feelings about free parking. What ever next? My one thought is............ How much would you need to spend to get your parking paid for? A quids worth of mince? Great news to hear that business was good over Xmas though. areyour4real
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4:33pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Woodgnome says...

This isn't a compromise. The Council hasn't done a thing!

I agree with Sue Williams in the article.
This isn't a compromise. The Council hasn't done a thing! I agree with Sue Williams in the article. Woodgnome
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5:25pm Sat 29 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

Woodgnome wrote:
This isn't a compromise. The Council hasn't done a thing!

I agree with Sue Williams in the article.
I agree too. Why should Sue have to pay for me to park?

No, hang on...... everything should be free!

Sue should give out free hair cuts and we should all have our taxes back and live happily every after.

This has turned into madness or am I the only one being driven mad by it?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: This isn't a compromise. The Council hasn't done a thing! I agree with Sue Williams in the article.[/p][/quote]I agree too. Why should Sue have to pay for me to park? No, hang on...... everything should be free! Sue should give out free hair cuts and we should all have our taxes back and live happily every after. This has turned into madness or am I the only one being driven mad by it? areyour4real
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5:29pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Dolieboy says...

Become a mobile hairdresser, then everyone is happy.
Become a mobile hairdresser, then everyone is happy. Dolieboy
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6:34pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Gun her says...

Are there any figures to prove that free parking would increase trade
I find the bus service adequate
Are there any figures to prove that free parking would increase trade I find the bus service adequate Gun her
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7:18pm Sat 29 Dec 12

PaulHalliday says...

Since the free parking was introduced 2 years ago the city has seen a turn around from a falling footfall count to one that has been on the increase. The current Labour administration have acknowledged this.
Since the free parking was introduced 2 years ago the city has seen a turn around from a falling footfall count to one that has been on the increase. The current Labour administration have acknowledged this. PaulHalliday
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7:23pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Gun her says...

Thank you Paul
Thank you Paul Gun her
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10:48pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Bobevans says...

I doubt a £1 charge would put off shoppers.

It seems a sensible move for the shops to reimberse the £1 if they spend in the local shops.

It really needs a City Centre wide card scheme but that might be complex to set up ie they get so many Parking points for every £1 spent
I doubt a £1 charge would put off shoppers. It seems a sensible move for the shops to reimberse the £1 if they spend in the local shops. It really needs a City Centre wide card scheme but that might be complex to set up ie they get so many Parking points for every £1 spent Bobevans
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12:52am Sun 30 Dec 12

newportexpat says...

follow the likes of cwmbran, which not only has a good range of shops, but offers free parking aswell which in these cash strapped times is a godsend & why should genuine newportonians shop 3 miles up the road when Newport is a great place ..... or at least would be if the council wasn't so greedy - newport is suffering from a lack of business why not give them a break!! - cheaper prices attract more business from retailers to shoppers!!
follow the likes of cwmbran, which not only has a good range of shops, but offers free parking aswell which in these cash strapped times is a godsend & why should genuine newportonians shop 3 miles up the road when Newport is a great place ..... or at least would be if the council wasn't so greedy - newport is suffering from a lack of business why not give them a break!! - cheaper prices attract more business from retailers to shoppers!! newportexpat
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9:07am Sun 30 Dec 12

Woodgnome says...

Bobevans wrote:
I doubt a £1 charge would put off shoppers.

It seems a sensible move for the shops to reimberse the £1 if they spend in the local shops.

It really needs a City Centre wide card scheme but that might be complex to set up ie they get so many Parking points for every £1 spent
I think it will. Free parking was the incentive to me and others I know. Without it I went to Cwmbran. Don't forget the cost of getting there as well,
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: I doubt a £1 charge would put off shoppers. It seems a sensible move for the shops to reimberse the £1 if they spend in the local shops. It really needs a City Centre wide card scheme but that might be complex to set up ie they get so many Parking points for every £1 spent[/p][/quote]I think it will. Free parking was the incentive to me and others I know. Without it I went to Cwmbran. Don't forget the cost of getting there as well, Woodgnome
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9:18am Sun 30 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

newportexpat wrote:
follow the likes of cwmbran, which not only has a good range of shops, but offers free parking aswell which in these cash strapped times is a godsend & why should genuine newportonians shop 3 miles up the road when Newport is a great place ..... or at least would be if the council wasn't so greedy - newport is suffering from a lack of business why not give them a break!! - cheaper prices attract more business from retailers to shoppers!!
Newport has had free parking for 2 years and look at the list of retailers who left during that period.

I would rather my tax goes on education rather than helping Starbucks sell more coffee.

The market traders get a fantastic deal paying almost no rent (some don't even bother to pay) so the council and tax payers are already bending over backwards to give them opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]newportexpat[/bold] wrote: follow the likes of cwmbran, which not only has a good range of shops, but offers free parking aswell which in these cash strapped times is a godsend & why should genuine newportonians shop 3 miles up the road when Newport is a great place ..... or at least would be if the council wasn't so greedy - newport is suffering from a lack of business why not give them a break!! - cheaper prices attract more business from retailers to shoppers!![/p][/quote]Newport has had free parking for 2 years and look at the list of retailers who left during that period. I would rather my tax goes on education rather than helping Starbucks sell more coffee. The market traders get a fantastic deal paying almost no rent (some don't even bother to pay) so the council and tax payers are already bending over backwards to give them opportunity. areyour4real
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9:20am Sun 30 Dec 12

areyour4real says...

I bet this whole campaign has been pushed coz Argus workers don't want to pay a quid to pop into town to use the bank at lunch time.
I bet this whole campaign has been pushed coz Argus workers don't want to pay a quid to pop into town to use the bank at lunch time. areyour4real
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2:50am Mon 31 Dec 12

localtrader2 says...

Cwmbran may have free parking but you burn a few pounds worth of petrol just driving around the car parks looking for a space. Worth £1 fee to get a space fairly easily and without stress. If you look properly in Newport there are many small retailers that offer a range of great shopping. Open your eyes and look at the side streets. My friends and family found it great that they didn't get the bog standard main stream shop type presents this year but presents that had personality and thought to them. All from Newport after I couldn't find anything in Cwmbran that I hadn't bought before.
Cwmbran may have free parking but you burn a few pounds worth of petrol just driving around the car parks looking for a space. Worth £1 fee to get a space fairly easily and without stress. If you look properly in Newport there are many small retailers that offer a range of great shopping. Open your eyes and look at the side streets. My friends and family found it great that they didn't get the bog standard main stream shop type presents this year but presents that had personality and thought to them. All from Newport after I couldn't find anything in Cwmbran that I hadn't bought before. localtrader2
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6:27am Mon 31 Dec 12

catlady wales says...

The winning point regarding trading in Newport is INDEPENDANT TRADERS, most have all gone in the last 25 years, left, dissapeared, gone forever. Now Marks is moving to Spytty we have another vacant and empty block on Commercial Street. Free parking is a start, only. You need independants to make any shopping community work. Get them back and then you will see change. Paying a pound back after a hair cut or buying a cabbage is stupid. Get a grip. This is just grasping at straws, To top it all what on earth is going on behind the market, they are ripping everything up again, daft at this time of year.
The winning point regarding trading in Newport is INDEPENDANT TRADERS, most have all gone in the last 25 years, left, dissapeared, gone forever. Now Marks is moving to Spytty we have another vacant and empty block on Commercial Street. Free parking is a start, only. You need independants to make any shopping community work. Get them back and then you will see change. Paying a pound back after a hair cut or buying a cabbage is stupid. Get a grip. This is just grasping at straws, To top it all what on earth is going on behind the market, they are ripping everything up again, daft at this time of year. catlady wales
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