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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd calls on County Council to introduce ‘free parking after 3’ in Eastbourne

November 19, 2013 3:03 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has launched a campaign calling for free parking in the Town Centre between the hours of 3-6pm on Thursdays and Fridays in the lead up to Christmas and through January, so local retailers can get extra benefit from the busy festive and sales period.

The 'Free after 3'campaign seeks to promote footfall in Eastbourne's town centre by making it easier and cheaper for residents to access the Town over the busy period. It is being run in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, and is anticipated to build on the success Eastbourne has already had in boosting the local economy.

Stephen said: "My idea is to try to bring more parents from the school run into Eastbourne on Thursday and Friday during the week between 3-6pm. I believe this will enhance considerably the number of shoppers, be good for the town centre generally, and also encourage people to shop locally during the week. We have a good range of independent and national highstreet shops in our town centre and I would like to see everything possible done to ensure Eastbourne has a really strong Christmas as well as a busy New Year."

He added: "I'm determined to keep lobbying for our town's prosperity. The 'free after 3' scheme won't cost County Council that much in lost parking revenue and will, I believe, significantly increase the number of additional shoppers at what is often a quieter time. It is certainly worth a try and I will be urging East Sussex County Council to use their initiative over this."

Leader of the Council David Tutt went on to say: "Even Brighton and Hove are reducing their parking charges in the run up to Christmas it is absolutely vital Eastbourne remains competitive , which is why I'm totally behind Stephen's free after 3 parking campaign.