New parking to encourage town centre visitors
Stockton, Billingham, Thornaby and Yarm town centres are to be made more accessible by car.
Stockton Councils' new car parking strategy, which aims to provide more long-stay and easier access short-stay parking, as well as adding new pay and display parking, has been approved.
It is hoped the improved parking will encourage visitors to the town centres.
The council will evaluate the changes after they have been in operation for a year.
Billingham town centre will see an introduction of parking controls in council managed, off-street car parks in the centre.
Stockton High Street will have a reintroduction of on-street parking to improve access for shoppers and the introduction of flexible parking tariffs and car parking promotions.
In Yarm, plans are to increase availability of short stay spaces and provide more long-stay parking.
Parking within Thornaby town centre is privately managed but the council will continue its efforts to find a solution to long-stay parking problems to support local businesses.
Councillor Mike Smith said: "We are committed to supporting the economic development and growth of all our town centres and making it is easy and attractive as possible for visitors heading in to shop, socialise or work."