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Burnley council bosses rule out free parking for shoppers
2:41pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
TOWN hall leaders have dismissed suggestions that they should reconsider offering free parking for shoppers in Burnley on Saturdays.
Coun Mathew Isherwood said council bosses in Blackburn had recently announced proposals to offer free Saturday parking locally.
And he told a full council meeting that offering similar provisions in Burnley may help to head off the challenge posed by online shopping.
If the scheme was well-publicised then it would stand a chance of success, said Coun Isherwood.
But the borough council ran a similar scheme last year, on selected Saturdays in late summer and autumn, with mixed results.
Council leader Coun Julie Cooper said the move did not generate extra footfall and would not be trialled again.
Other factors may encourage shoppers into the town centre, such as a more diverse range of shops, added Coun Cooper.
The refurbishment of Charter Walk and resurfacing of St James Street would also assist, she also said.
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