Changes at two city centre car parks to help shoppers and visitors

We’re making some changes to our Mayflower Street West and City Market car parks to better match the needs of shoppers and visitors.

Mayflower Street West is to change from long-stay to short-stay, bringing it in line with other ‘shopper’ car parks in the city centre and helping to support local retailers and businesses.

Previously a multi-storey, this 85-space surface-level car park is now more often used by people wanting to stop for a short time to shop nearby or collect friends or relatives from the coach station.

To help make full use of the space available members of the public will also be allowed to use the six taxi bays in the car park, which are often empty, for up to 20 minutes. Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to use these bays with no time restriction.

At the City Market car park the maximum stay is being increased from one hours to two hours, so that people can eat more leisurely at the various food outlets now on offer.

People wanting to park for longer and those who work in the city centre will still be able to choose from a number of long-stay car parks, including Western Approach, where we recently opened 160 extra spaces.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “We’re working hard to make the best use of our city centre car parks, making sure we respond to changes and provide the most convenient options for shoppers and visitors – which in turn supports local businesses and the local economy.”

The changes are being advertised on Friday 16 November and people will have 21 days to share their comments. Details will also be available at the city centre 1st Stop Shop.

If approved, the changes are expected to be implemented in mid-December.