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Call for Christmas cheer on Burnley's car park charges

A TRADERS’ leader has said it would be ‘useful’ to reduce charges at council-owned car parks in Burnley over the festive period.

Burnley Council yesterday confirmed charges will remain the same at all of its car parks in the town centre in the run-up to Christmas.

Parking is free, however, on Sundays and after 6pm during the week.

Parking is already free in Hyndburn, Rossendale and Darwen.

And in Pendle, motorists with discs can park for free on short-stay and long-stay car parks.

In the Ribble Valley, free parking will be on offer at all council-operated car parks in Clitheroe town centre and Barclay Road Car Park, Longridge.

The action is being taken in a bid to attract more shoppers to the borough.

Brian Hobbs, president of Burnley’s Chamber of Trade, said it could be worth employing a similar tactic in his borough.

He said: “I’m kind of in two minds really. I have this underlying view that Burnley is worth coming to and because of that, people will pay to park.

"I can’t imagine people will disappear to Nelson, Accrington or Clitheroe to do shopping they would otherwise do in Burnley because it would probably cost them more.

“However, that only applies to local people. Whether or not concessionary rates would attract people from other areas, I don’t know.

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"I think it could be worth a try and be quite useful.”

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1:22pm Wed 30 Nov 11

burner says...

TOTALLY RIGHT!!! . . . but why just Christmas?
TOTALLY RIGHT!!! . . . but why just Christmas? burner
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1:33pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Rose Rouge says...

The LT needs to check its information and do proper research on these stories - parking is NOT free after 6pm in Burnley's council run car parks. Changes were made earlier in the year to charge up until 9pm, rather than having the previous 6pm cut-off. This means that shoppers who use these car parks after 6pm, for example to do late night shopping on a Thursday evening, will be charged!
The LT needs to check its information and do proper research on these stories - parking is NOT free after 6pm in Burnley's council run car parks. Changes were made earlier in the year to charge up until 9pm, rather than having the previous 6pm cut-off. This means that shoppers who use these car parks after 6pm, for example to do late night shopping on a Thursday evening, will be charged! Rose Rouge
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1:55pm Wed 30 Nov 11

blylad says...

...and as an added extra, the car park on Curzon St that is supposed to become a shopping centre next year, well Burnley Council put in a planning application last week to continue using the site as a car park for another year! Soon there'll be plenty of places to park but nowhere to shop once you've done so, then they'll make parking free to attract shoppers like Accrington does. I bet that the new stores at Charter Walk will be built and opened before a brick is laid by Henry Boot on Curzon St. We've ben waiting years for this development now- we don't know when/if it's starting, we don't know of any other stores interested let alone signed up other than Primark and Next and the scheme doesn't even have a name, but then again Burnley Council are involved so are we surprised?
...and as an added extra, the car park on Curzon St that is supposed to become a shopping centre next year, well Burnley Council put in a planning application last week to continue using the site as a car park for another year! Soon there'll be plenty of places to park but nowhere to shop once you've done so, then they'll make parking free to attract shoppers like Accrington does. I bet that the new stores at Charter Walk will be built and opened before a brick is laid by Henry Boot on Curzon St. We've ben waiting years for this development now- we don't know when/if it's starting, we don't know of any other stores interested let alone signed up other than Primark and Next and the scheme doesn't even have a name, but then again Burnley Council are involved so are we surprised? blylad
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3:48pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Mister Red says...

I remember walking out of the Pioneer supermarket.My son was in his push chair.He leaves school next year.That is how long we have been waiting for the ite to be used for something other than a car park.
He will be a pensioner before he can shop there at this rate.
I remember walking out of the Pioneer supermarket.My son was in his push chair.He leaves school next year.That is how long we have been waiting for the ite to be used for something other than a car park. He will be a pensioner before he can shop there at this rate. Mister Red
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4:57pm Wed 30 Nov 11

blylad says...

Mister Red wrote:
I remember walking out of the Pioneer supermarket.My son was in his push chair.He leaves school next year.That is how long we have been waiting for the ite to be used for something other than a car park.
He will be a pensioner before he can shop there at this rate.
Of all the large towns I've visited with a population of over 70,000, Burnley is the only one with, 1) No inside mall 2) No department store like Debenhams, Beales, Bhs or House of Fraser 3) No stores like Primark, H&M, Republic, Blue Inc, Topman or Bank. Alot of open-air malls were built during the 60's but they've been converted to indoor malls except Charter Walk. From what I've heard, Debenhams wanted to come to Burnley way before The Oval scheme but the council opposed it. Burnley Council are the freeholders of Charter Walk, and it's because of their' accessibility policy that the centre has never become a "mall" as it would restrict access and through-transit. Burnley Council could have worked harder to keep Debenhams involved in The Oval, but they didn't, and even now, they've told Henry Boot that they can't start construction on The Oval until they have "x amount" of tenants signed up- this isn't the way to work, they've got anchors and planning permission, the start of construction is usually the catalyst to attract stores, not the other way round. To sum up, the only thing holding Burnley town centre back is the severely outdated council, a council that wrongly thinks that Burnley folk want to preserve awful parts of our past such as Weavers Triangle (which looks no different than it did over 20 years ago when nobody wanted it either.) I want a modern town centre and less ugly mill chimneys and half derelict weaving sheds. Burnley Council you have no idea what Burnley people actually want/need, councillors like Roger( I''m a local historian don't you know) Frost and his ilk have it so wrong, sod history...prosper is by progress.
[quote][p][bold]Mister Red[/bold] wrote: I remember walking out of the Pioneer supermarket.My son was in his push chair.He leaves school next year.That is how long we have been waiting for the ite to be used for something other than a car park. He will be a pensioner before he can shop there at this rate.[/p][/quote]Of all the large towns I've visited with a population of over 70,000, Burnley is the only one with, 1) No inside mall 2) No department store like Debenhams, Beales, Bhs or House of Fraser 3) No stores like Primark, H&M, Republic, Blue Inc, Topman or Bank. Alot of open-air malls were built during the 60's but they've been converted to indoor malls except Charter Walk. From what I've heard, Debenhams wanted to come to Burnley way before The Oval scheme but the council opposed it. Burnley Council are the freeholders of Charter Walk, and it's because of their' accessibility policy that the centre has never become a "mall" as it would restrict access and through-transit. Burnley Council could have worked harder to keep Debenhams involved in The Oval, but they didn't, and even now, they've told Henry Boot that they can't start construction on The Oval until they have "x amount" of tenants signed up- this isn't the way to work, they've got anchors and planning permission, the start of construction is usually the catalyst to attract stores, not the other way round. To sum up, the only thing holding Burnley town centre back is the severely outdated council, a council that wrongly thinks that Burnley folk want to preserve awful parts of our past such as Weavers Triangle (which looks no different than it did over 20 years ago when nobody wanted it either.) I want a modern town centre and less ugly mill chimneys and half derelict weaving sheds. Burnley Council you have no idea what Burnley people actually want/need, councillors like Roger( I''m a local historian don't you know) Frost and his ilk have it so wrong, sod history...prosper is by progress. blylad
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