Concern has been raised regarding “poor signage” which has been put in place to promote a free car parking scheme. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is currently operating a three hours free parking scheme on all district council car parks across the Moorlands including those in Cheadle.
Concern has been raised regarding “poor signage” which has been put in place to promote a free car parking scheme.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is currently operating a three hours free parking scheme on all district council car parks across the Moorlands including those in Cheadle.
The scheme, which is running throughout the month of August, allows drivers using any of the council owned car parks across the district to get a free three-hour ticket from the parking machines.
The temporary initiative is part of SMDC’s bid to try and bring people into the towns and support the local traders following the coronavirus lockdown.
However, concern has been raised that the signage for the scheme is “a joke” with A4 posters being attached below the general car parking signage next to the car parking ticket machines.
Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans said on Monday: “Myself and councillor Gary Bentley noticed today the advertisements for free parking (in Tape Street Car Park) are low down and people are still paying for parking.
“I have emailed SMDC and also made some district councillors aware to see if they can get these changed.”
Cllr Evans added yesterday: “It’s a joke where they have put them (the posters). It’s not clear at all.
“It’s like it has been done on purpose so people still pay for parking.”
The signage for the free parking scheme has been placed similarly at other car parks across the district.
When asked for a response about the “poor signage” concerns, a spokesperson for SMDC told the Times & Echo yesterday (Tuesday, August 4): “The (district) council is supporting residents, traders and visitors across the Moorlands by offering three hours free parking on its car parks throughout August.
“This is in addition to the free parking scheme which is already in place before 9.30am and after 3.30pm.
“We do need to monitor usage of the car parks so drivers are still required to display a ticket – the machines will issue a three-hour ticket for which there is no charge.
“Temporary, laminated signage has been put up as close to the ticket machines as possible advising people of this and we have publicised the additional three free hours offer widely via the media, our website and our social media channels.”
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