Parking charges in Stroud District Council operated car parks are set to change from 1st April. Some will be slightly increased, but others will stay the same or even be reduced. Following a study of Stroud’s night time trade, the Church Street car park will be free from 4pm each day to promote the night time trade that the town centre has to offer.”We looked at ways to get people back into town in the early evening, particularly families, said Councillor Nigel Studdert-Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Tourism. “Perhaps people will be going for something to eat then go on to the cinema. It’s an experiment and we’ll see how traders such as caf owners respond. We hope that traders will also encourage people during this part of the day and the public will respond favourably.”
These changes have taken place following discussions with representatives of Stroud Town Council and the Chamber of Trade. At the same time, small increases have been made in order to meet rising costs. “Stroud District Council car parking charges remain some of the lowest across the county,” concluded Cllr Studdert-Kennedy.