A new car parking incentive scheme introduced in Swansea city centre is to be extended by a further two months.
Swansea Council launched the parking offer on November 9 for the run up to Christmas to help the city recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as part of the response to the recent firebreak which saw many businesses having to close under the Welsh government regulations.
Now a Cabinet meeting has decided that the offer will be extended for a further two months. Motorists visiting the city centre can park for £1 for the first two hours and all-day parking will be just £2.
The offer covers all city centre car parks including multi-storey and pay and display car parks and Cabinet has agreed an extension of the scheme until January 31, 2021.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have a severe impact on the city. As a council, we are responding as quickly as we can to the changes that are introduced to help fight the virus.
“This is an important part of the year with Christmas approaching. The new parking offer is a great opportunity for shoppers, city centre workers and visitors to park at any one of our many car parking facilities from a little as £1 for two hours and all day for £2.”
Cllr Thomas added: “As well as the new parking scheme, motorists can also use our park and ride services for £1.
“Clearly these much lower charges for our services will impact on our normal income we generate but we are committed to supporting the city centre and making sure local business and the public are impacted even less.”
Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) said: “This very generous car parking offer will be a great support to our City Centre businesses at a time when they really need it.
“We very much welcome this incentive, funded by Swansea Council, and we are pleased that we were able to work together to put it in place. We know it will help shoppers and visitors head back to the City Centre to do their Christmas shopping, and to support the local businesses they love.”