Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that its free parking offer at several council-maintained town centre car parks will be extended.
The offer which was due to end this month will now continue until after Christmas – it means that drivers can park for free for up to three hours at the Rhiw multi-storey car park in Bridgend town centre, and between noon and 3pm at the John Street car park in Porthcawl.
Free parking remains available at the Llynfi Road multi-storey in Maesteg and at the Penprysg Road car park in Pencoed. In addition, the Pencoed Town Council owned car park next to the Pencoed Miners Welfare Hall in Heol-Y-Groes is also free.
The Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Stuart Baldwin said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on businesses and we are keen to do everything we can to support local traders and residents of the county borough as they continue to navigate through this challenging time.
“The free parking offer is about helping to attract shoppers, making visits to the town centre easier and more accessible.
“Over the next few months, with the free parking offer now continuing, we will be working closely with businesses to introduce a more sustainable approach long-term, looking at how best we can increase footfall in the town, because we recognise that the offer cannot continue indefinitely. This could, for example, involve a programme of promotions and events.”
Throughout the last 18 months, the local authority has provided a range of support to businesses, including administering tens of millions of pounds in Welsh Government grants, offering free training and equipment, and discounts to traders renting council premises.