Shoppers to get free parking near marketsPublished Thursday, 29th March 2018
Free parking spaces are to be provided on Drummond Street, near to the Rotherham Markets complex, under new council proposals.
The move comes as Forge Island prepares to host a new, temporary bus station for the town – which has led to a surge in interest in vacant shop units around Corporation Street.
Under the plans, around half the current free “red zone” spaces provided in Forge Island would be transferred to the Council’s car park at Drummond St, near Tesco.
Damien Wilson, Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment, said that the proposal would give a boost to the other side of the town centre and address concerns from traders in that area.
“We have listened to what traders and businesses have told us and feel now is the right time to offer some free parking in that part of the town centre, particularly following the parking restrictions introduced by Tesco recently,” he said.
“There will still be some free parking on offer in Forge Island of course. With the temporary bus station opening there shortly, we have seen a renewed interest in the Corporation Street area with a number of vacant units being let as a result.
“We hope this new move will help local people and businesses benefit from our growing economy at a time of some exciting developments,” he added.
The Drummond St “red zone” will be similar to the existing free parking area in Forge Island car park, where customers are entitled to one session of two hours free parking per day in a limited number of parking bays.
The new arrangements will see a split of 36 free parking bays in Drummond Street, with 35 free spaces in Forge Island, will be introduced from Monday 9 April.