Free parking plan for towns to woo shoppers

By Shona Gossip

Published: 25/01/2014

Free parking is expected to be rolled out in car parks in towns across Aberdeenshire in an attempt to attract more local shoppers.

Visitors to Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Peterhead, Stonehaven and Turriff could soon all benefit from at least half an hour’s worth of free parking – with even bigger benefits at the weekend. The proposals, which will be considered by the council’s infrastructure services committee next week, come after a lengthy review of the region’s parking arrangements.

Each of the six area committees put forward suggestions that would benefit their town the most, varying from taking away pay and display in the run-up to Christmas in Fraserburgh, making parking free in the St Mary’s car park in Banff every Saturday, and taking away charges in Turriff and Huntly’s Gordon Street and Nelson Street car parks.

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