Concern has been raised over the poor advertising of a free car parking initiative at the weekend in the Moorlands. Lots of car park users and residents took to social media at the weekend with their concerns about the lack of advertising for the free parking initiative in Leek on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) owned car parks on Saturday (December 4).
Concern has been raised over the poor advertising of a free car parking initiative at the weekend in the Moorlands.
Lots of car park users and residents took to social media at the weekend with their concerns about the lack of advertising for the free parking initiative in Leek on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) owned car parks on Saturday (December 4).
SMDC posted two posts about the free parking on the council’s Facebook page prior to the weekend, one on Thursday (December 2), and another on Friday (December 3).
But some of the car parks in Leek, where drivers could actually park for free up to three hours, had no notification visible, and where some A4 posters had been put in some of the car parks, they had been wrapped around the poles underneath the boards stating the car parking charges.
One Facebook user stated: “Wouldn’t it be a fantastic idea if someone put notices up in the car parks that parking is free today instead of letting 75 per cent of the visitors pay for tickets.”
Another said: “I saw a notice wrapped around the pole with the prices displayed. It was about a foot off the ground and not obvious at all.”
Another expressed: “We were just going to pay when someone told us it was free. Normally it’s all over Facebook but we haven’t seen anything.”
Another social media user suggested: “Why not just cover the machine over or put something on the money slot to say.”
And another said: “They could at least tell all the shops a week or two in advance so they could let customers know.”
The Leek & Moorlands Echo contacted SMDC about the concerns which had been raised. A spokesperson said: “The free parking days are requested by the three town councils on dates usually linked to events taking place in their towns and then agreed by the district council. Some of the dates were agreed close to the free parking offer so we used our social media channels as the most immediate way to help get the message out.”
They added: “Whilst we do our best to put signs up at car parks, we can’t obscure other parking information so have to use what’s available at each site but we’ll remind the people putting them up to think about where they position them.
“Upcoming free parking dates include December 11 and 18 in Biddulph and Leek and December 11, 17 and 18 in Cheadle. We appreciate the help of the press in helping to make people aware of this offer.”
It is understood that Leek Town Council had the remit of placing the posters to tell drivers about the free parking on Saturday in Leek.
Leek Town Mayor Lyn Swindlehurst said: “I’ve spoken to Julie (Leek Town Clerk) about the signs.
“Apparently SMDC delegated putting the signs up to town council.
“The issue is we are told we can’t cover any of the information on the signs so it limited where it can go.
“Julie is having some bigger signs printed today and they’ll go up later (for the remaining free parking days this month).
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