Parking voucher giveaway trialled in Chichester to help local businesses

Chichester BID chairman Colin Hicks with on-street parking vouchers

West Sussex County Council is working with Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) to help local businesses and encourage even more visitors to the city centre.

The council has given Chichester BID 1,000 books of its on-street parking vouchers to distribute to its members, initially in September but also during the lead-up to Christmas. Businesses can then use them as goodwill gestures to regular customers for use for such things as picking up orders and to extend appointments.

Roger Elkins, county council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Over the last few months, our officers have been working with Chichester BID to develop this new initiative to mitigate the cost of on-street parking and as a way of supporting local businesses in both the retail and service sectors.

“If successful, the free distribution offer will be rolled out to Business Improvement Districts across the county.”

Chichester BID chairman Colin Hicks said: “Chichester BID actively work with our local parking authorities to find creative ways of mitigating the impact of parking charges. Currently, we have a couple of schemes running with the county council that offer reduced-cost summer parking for the customers of our member businesses.”

Vouchers will be distributed by the BID Office exclusively to BID levy payers, on a first-come-first-served basis, whilst stocks last and are valid in any on-street, short-stay charged bay in the city centre (Zone E). These bays include pay and display and shared-use bays but not resident-only bays. The vouchers are not valid in car parks. The BID office can be contacted by phone 01243 773263 or by email: office@chichesterbid.co.uk

Lower-cost, Saturday parking is already offered by the county council in Chichester, with a £3 charge at both the Record Office (opposite Chichester District Council’s Orchard Street car park), and County Hall car parks. There are currently no charges to park in these car parks on a Sunday.

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