Long stay free parking trial in Wellington
A car park in Wellington is to close for part of this weekend for work to be done to create more free long stay parking spaces.
Victoria Road North car park will close on the night of Saturday 28 November in order for the painting of the short stay, long stay and disabled parking areas the following day. Drivers are asked to remove their vehicles from this car park by 11pm on Saturday. The work is weather dependent and is due to be completed on Sunday 29 November, at which point the car park will re-open.
The car park will remain free of charge, but there will be a trial of a new long stay time limit on a section of the car park. When the park’s ticket machines become operational again in the future, a time limit of 9 hours, with no return for 2 hours will be introduced. Drivers will be asked to display in their vehicles a free date and time-stamped parking ticket which can be obtained from the car park’s ticket machine. This trial arrangement will be in place 24 hours a day.
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Commercial Services and Regeneration, said: “We are committed to maintaining free parking in Wellington.
“For the last three years we have worked successfully with Wellington Town Council on managing free short stay car parking to help keep local businesses flourishing by making it easier for customers to find somewhere to park.
“We are now applying the same principles to longer stay free parking. We are going to run a trial on Victoria Road North Car Park which, we have noticed, regularly has spaces available since the introduction of the short stay arrangements in 2017. In addition to this, a number of long stay spaces have been taken up by the new walk-through COVID testing centre in the Wrekin Road car park, so it’s a good time to introduce a section of long stay parking in Victoria Road North Car Park to help minimise the impact of this testing centre. .
“Drivers will still have to get a free ticket from a machine by entering their registration number. They will have to display that ticket showing the expiry time in their vehicle. This extension of the parking time to nine hours in a section of the car park means it’ll be easier for people working and trading in Wellington to find somewhere to park for free.
“We will monitor the effectiveness of the trial and will work with Wellington Town Council on any permanent arrangements across all of the car parks. We will also be talking to local residents to address any concerns they have over on street parking.”