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Tories urge council to push for free parking at Blackburn's Mall
11:07am Monday 16th July 2012 in Business
BLACKBURN with Darwen Council has been urged to pressure The Mall into joining its free shopper Saturday parking scheme.
Tory opposition leader Michael Lee made the call at the borough’s cabinet meeting this week.
He spoke out as executive board member for regeneration Dave Harling hailed the free parking initiative as a success in boosting the number of town centre visitors.
On Saturday, July 7, the first day of the scheme, the main town centre car parks were on average 88 per cent full.
Waves, Barton Street and Fleming Square were full compared to an average of 80 per cent in previous weeks.
Coun Lee said there had been complaints from shoppers and traders that the Mall was still charging and they had thought it would be included in the free parking initiative.
He asked: “Could we put pressure on The Mall to make its car park free as well?”
Coun Harling replied: “The Mall is a private car park and it is a matter for them.”
Loraine Jones, general manager of The Mall, said: “Use of our car park has remained stable since the council implemented its changes and we have received no customer complaints.
“The Mall has worked closely with the council over recent years as we have been a key part of the wider regeneration of Blackburn.”
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