Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Local Conservatives Will Continue to Support Our Borough’s High Streets, Including With 30 Minutes Free Parking

High Streets are the heart of our communities and supporting small independent retailers is a priority for the Council.   Eighteen Village centres benefit from the Town Centre Opportunities and Christmas Lights funds, but by far the most important initiative for retailers was the introduction of the Richmond Card with 30 minutes free parking for residents. The Richmond Card also provides an opportunity for independent businesses to promote offers on the Council website and a special Richmond Card is available for employees and visitors to access these discounts. 

Cllr Pamela Fleming Cabinet Member for Environment, Business & Community said, "Small shops and high streets were penalised by the Lib Dems costly and complicated emission based parking charges.

“One of our first priorities when we took over the administration in 2010 was to look at how we could help small shops compete with free supermarket parking, and the 30 minutes free parking and discounted parking for residents has helped them to get back some of that business.

“Growing on-line shopping, decisions by major retailers to reduce their presence on the high street along with high rents and business rates present a major challenge to the retail sector.  We are already working with a number of small businesses to help them meet the digital challenge, and if re-elected we plan to extend this programme.

“We have already carried out major improvements to a number of high streets. We will be looking at what more we can do to make all our shopping areas more welcoming for everyone, including older people and those with disabilities."