Free parking set to continue at Forge Island

Published Monday, 25th January 2016
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Forge Island car park signage

Rotherham shoppers can continue to benefit from free parking at the Forge Island car park when they visit the Town Centre.

Free parking was introduced at Forge Island last year to help Town Centre businesses and has proved popular with shoppers.

The free parking is now set to continue into 2016: all day at weekends and for two hours in the car park’s “red zone” on weekdays.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: "I'm pleased to say that we can continue to offer free parking to Town Centre shoppers at this convenient location.

"The only change we've made is on weekdays, where we will reduce the maximum stay to two hours – this is to allow a quicker turnover of spaces and ensure that local shoppers and our Town Centre retailers get the full benefit from the 70 red zone bays.

"Following Rotherham’s recent success in the Great British High Street competition, I hope we can encourage even more people to come along and find out what the town has to offer!"

The decision to continue offering free parking at Forge Island, with the shorter time of two hours for weekdays, was taken by Supporting Commissioner Julie Kenny last autumn.

The change from three hours to two will come into force from Monday 1 February.