I FIRMLY believe that supporting a strong local economy is, and has to be, a key priority for this Council if we are to keep our town centres busy, vibrant and appealing.
For me, this goes hand in glove with another cornerstone of any well run local authority – listening to what its public has to say – something we do on a constant basis.
It’s because of feedback from residents, businesses and the shopping public that the Council moved to significantly reduce the cost of car parking in prime town centre car parks to make them even more attractive and affordable for shoppers. This will of course support the local economy and, in the run up to Christmas, should significantly benefit everyone.
Once in place, Tameside will have the lowest tariffs for long stay car parking in Greater Manchester as well as being one of the cheapest for short stay town centre parking.
From 24 November, parking in the town centre inner zone Council owned car parks will be just £1 for up to three hours and just £2 for all day. The cost of up to 30 minutes will remain the same at 50pence. All other Council car parks within the outer zones already charge cheaper rates.
Our car parking rates were already competitive when compared to Greater Manchester’s nine other local authorities but we recognise they also need to be attractive when compared with the privately-run car parks which populate our borough.
I feel confident these new and reduced charges will make it more convenient and attractive for shoppers to visit our town centres and support our local economy by shopping here. The link below contains more information on Tameside’s car parks including their locations, zones and prices: