Liverpool City Council could cut parking charges

Car parking charges in Liverpool city centre could be cut in an attempt to encourage more visitors.

The cost of parking all day at Mount Pleasant car park will drop from £7 to £4 and pay and display parking will be cut by 10% if proposals are approved.

Maximum stays in pay and display bays would increase from two to four hours.

Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for transport and climate change, Tim Moore, said: "The benefits are beyond parking."

He added: "I'm sure increasing maximum parking times will prove popular with visitors, shoppers and businesses."

'Psychological barrier'

Mr Moore added: "We are still fully committed to improving public transport.

"We can be sustainable at the same time as making it easier and cheaper for people to use their cars."

If approved, the changes will come into effect in November.

Vincent Owen, a chartered surveyor in the city centre, said his clients complained about the cost of parking.

He said: "Psychologically there is a barrier for clients as they don't like coming in and paying car parking charges.

"That 10% will make a big difference to them. If you say we could reduce the cost they would be more likely to come in.

"And for people coming in to shop, go out to dinner, or for a night out it is a big difference too."

The Liverpool City Council car parking consultation runs until 21 September.

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