The two hours of free parking offer is set to go live on Monday, July 9th, 2018, Darlington Borough Council has confirmed.
The offer is one of a number of measures from the council to support the town centre in the face of changing shopping habits and national retail struggles.
The two hours of free parking is available to all vehicles using the following council-owned long-stay car parks:
- Upper Archer Street (off Four Riggs)
- Kendrew Street East
- Kendrew Street West
- Park Place East
- Park Place West
- Garden Street
- Chesnut Street
- Hird Street
- St Hilda’s Tannery Yard Parkgate
Each of the car parks offering the two hours free parking is within a short walk of the town centre.
The third hour will be £1, while an all-day ticket will continue to be £4.
The first two hours free will also apply on Sundays, with a £1 fee for the rest of the day. Short-stay car parks will continue to be £1 for the day.
The two hours free parking will officially come into force at noon on Monday, July 9th, 2018.
This is to allow time for each of the machines and signage in the car parks to be updated.
Furthermore, motorists can also use East Street car park (the multi-storey above Wilkos) at a cost of £2 to park for the whole day.
Ian Thompson, Darlington Borough Council’s assistant director of community services, said: “We’re pleased that the free parking offer could be brought in ahead of the school holidays this summer.
“We hope that families and people of all ages will take advantage of this offer and show their support for our town centre.
“There are events and activities planned across the town centre in the coming weeks – it’s a great chance to people to make the most of what Darlington offers.”
Motorists using the two hours free parking offer will need to obtain a ticket from the machine and clearly display it inside their vehicle to show what time they arrived. The free offer is restricted to one ticket, per vehicle, per day.
Each of the nine long-stay car parks, offering a total 643 spaces, is monitored by CCTV. Payment can be made by coins, card (chip & pin/contactless) or via mobile phone.
Full information about the two hours free parking offer can be found on the Darlington Borough Council website.
Source: Darlington Borough Council