Free parking on its way to St Helens

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Town hall chiefs in St Helens are to introduce FREE parking in all council-run car parks in an unprecedented boost for local retailers.

If approved by members of the ruling cabinet, the plan will come into effect in the town centre on Saturdays from July 30.

It will also apply to all on-street and off-street parking and is proposed as a 12-month trial.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald will take the proposal to Cabinet on July 30.

He said: “I am committed to supporting the Retail Sector in St Helens and to help to bring more shoppers and visitors to the Town Centre.

“We need to do everything we can to help retailers combat the increased competition from internet shopping,” said Coun Grunewald.

“This council has invested in maintaining a quality town centre environment and we want people to shop and visit the Town Centre at all times, but in particular on Saturdays.”

Coun Grunewald added: “When I became Leader I made a pledge to put into place a number of measures to boost town centre trade and this is just one of them.

“I am totally committed to helping town centre retailers as much as possible in these difficult times.”