A tired old toilet block on Mutley Plain is coming out and free parking is coming in as part of the Council’s push to support local shopping centres.
Demolition starts this week on the block outside the Cats Protection shop. The toilets are being removed following complaints by traders and customers that they are an eyesore and encourage anti-social behaviour.
The Council is also announcing plans to create more free parking at the Ermington Terrace multi story car park in addition to free parking at Barrack car park.
Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “Without wanting to sound like an estate agent, Mutley Plain is on the up! There are now barber shops, a yoga studio, new cafes as well as some great pubs.
“We want more people to stop and linger and traders tell us that parking is an issue – so we are making it as easy as possible to park up and visit the shops and businesses on the plain.
“This administration pledged to revive our shopping districts, with Mutley Plain being a focal point of this promise. We are on our way!”
A consultation and a formal notice will take place before the free parking comes in to effect, but if this gets underway in the next few weeks, free parking will be available late Autumn.
The multi-story car park in Ermington has been undergoing a makeover to encourage more people to use it. Business permit parking is on offer, there are more security patrols and poster sites installed for local businesses to advertise themselves.
The Council aims to set up a working group of traders and ward councillors to look at other measures designed to make Mutley more attractive to shoppers, businesses and visitors.
Ideas include encouraging a greater mix of units including shops, offices, leisure, dentists, working to improve quality of private sector homes, more pop up shops as well as encourage a café culture to thrive on the Plain with more chairs and tables allowed on the pavements.
Last year colourful vinyls designed by Plymouth College of Art students were installed in empty properties to brighten up the plain. The project has helped start dialogue with landlords.