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Trial of new car park payment system hoping to boost Lichfield city centre trade

The way shoppers pay for parking in Lichfield could change after details of a new trial emerged.

Lichfield District Council and the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) have introduced post rather than pre-payment on the upper deck of the Lombard Upper Level car park.

The move will see visitors able to pay for their stay by card.

A report to a meeting of the economic growth overview and scrutiny committee said it was hoped the trial could boost trade.

“The BID is working with Lichfield District Council to develop a car parking payment trial that will allow for payments to be made for time actually spent parking, thus hoping for a longer stay rather than rushing back in time for the expiry of the ticket.

“These plans are on-going as we strive to ensure that the right systems are used, they are flexible enough to be future proofed and allow as much flexibility for anyone who chooses to access the city by car.”

Pre-paid pay and display will also be available on the car park during the trial period.

The proposal will be discussed at a meeting on March 29.

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7 Comments

  1. Hilary Moss

    24th March, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    When will Lichfield see the sense of allowing visitors and workers to park at reasonable and affordable prices instead of charging ridiculous car parking charges. Low cost parking charges increases footfall into shops and allows workers the ability to continue working in the city!! Please consider this rather than using a sledge hammer to crack a nut!!
    sorry to sound disparaging but it just makes sense to the rest of the community.

  2. Rodney

    27th March, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Little wonder why people go to the retail park at Tamworth, LDC think it is better to claw in parking charges, than have a busy, popular and profitable town centre, creating jobs and raising business taxes.
    It could be so much better.

  3. Toast

    28th March, 2017 at 9:41 am

    It’s no wonder we have such a problem with commuters and shoppers parking on any patch of verge or pavement without double yellow lines within a half-mile radius of the city centre.

  4. Sj

    28th March, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    It would help if their were a decent selection of shops to shop in oxfam ,Poundland and Bet Fred wouldn’t be my ideal

  5. The Scribbler

    29th March, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    If they made more shops drive-thru we wouldn’t even be discussing car parking charges.

  6. Darryl

    29th March, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Not the largest market for businesses, but if I need to work in a cafe that has WiFi, I go to M&S in Tamworth or McDonalds at Wall Island, the cost of parking just adds to my costs.

    Can’t imagine I’m the only one.

  7. APPLE9686

    29th March, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    If you need a cup of coffee,some second hand clothes or a sandwich or your hair done Lichfield is the in place. Other than that don’t bother