I’ve been wondering for some time why each time I walk through the Council’s Cowplain Car Park it is mostly empty. Here is a post from earlier this year when the car park was also jolly empty.
The photographs below were taken during a lunchtime this week, the photos show just a few spaces being used.
I’ve been asking around locally, why is this paid car park normally empty?
I’ve been given a few reasons, they may or may not surprise you?
Many shoppers don’t park in the designated paid car park, they park at:
- The free Padnell Avenue Doctor’s Surgery Car Park & Chemist
- The free Co-op Car Park
- The free Lidl Car Park
… and then visit different the Cowplain shops without visiting or purchasing an item from the shop that owns the free car park they used.
Surely fixing this is simple? Give an hour’s free short stay car parking at this Council Car Park during the week. Cowplain businesses and residents would benefit. The Council benefits from additional income from the new businesses that fill the vacant and much-more-attractive-with-free-parking Cowplain shops. Everyone is happy.