Traders launch petition for free parking
Traders in Stone have launched an appeal for free parking in the town to attract more people to shop local.
A petition started by Helen Quinton, manager of Francesco’s on the High Street, has been signed by 37 town businesses and, after getting the backing of the town council, will be presented to Stafford Borough Council, which operates Stone’s three pay-and-display car parks.
Helen said that footfall in the town centre during weekdays is “dying out” and that free parking would encourage people to return. The petition calls for free parking from Monday to Thursday, although the town council voted to support a proposal for one or two days.
Helen said: “It’s really important that we don’t discourage people from coming into the town centre. We don’t want more businesses in the High Street to close.”
Stone Town Council currently offers free parking at car parks at Crown Wharf and Northesk Street.