Weekend parking charges have been slashed at a key Waterfront car park in a bid to boost local businesses and to make it easier for visitors coming to events at Holywells Park.
Motorists can now park all day Saturdays and Sundays at Athena Hall car park (off Duke Street) for just £2.50. The car park benefits from being covered and having CCTV and is open from 8am until midnight.
Ipswich Borough Council operates the car park and Leader David Ellesmere said, “We always keep tariffs low and have extended our weekday Quids In £1 promotion in our own town centre car parks and now we want to help visitors to the Waterfront and Holywells.
“This year there are more events on at the park and we want to ensure residents are not inconvenienced by motorists parking in streets nearby. Athena Hall is just a few minutes’ walk from Holywells Park and a weekend day tariff of just £2.50 will ensure that people can keep a bit more money in their pockets to enjoy at concerts, open air theatre and family fun days.”
Recently, the Council announced that it was bringing in smarter ways to pay and cutting parking charges in many of its car parks. Councillor Ellesmere urged people to shop around, “If motorists refuse to pay the high prices levied by some private operators perhaps those operators will follow our low-tariff lead.”
The Borough Council also runs Fore Street car park (accessed off Star Lane), a short-stay facility with a 90p an hour charge, and has opened Smart Street (off Foundation Street) offering 21 wider spaces at the same hourly rate with the option of paying by cash, card and Android or Apple Pay.
Elsewhere, Crown car park, William Street, Regent (Woodbridge Road), Upper Barclay Street (Upper Orwell Street) and Bond Street all offer £1 an hour parking and a £1 charge after 3pm on weekdays.