From Monday 23 July until Sunday 2 September, Suffolk County Council is changing the cost of parking in the Cornhill and Buttermarket parking areas in Bury St Edmunds. This is in response to a drop in footfall locally while dealing with the aftermath of the Cupola House fire.
During the period, you basically get a BOGOF deal. Pay for 30 mins, get 30 mins free. Pay for an hour, get an hour free.
Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for roads, planning and transport, said:
"The county council is acutely aware of the impact the Cupola House fire could have on local trade and the businesses in the heart of the Cornhill and Buttermarket areas.
"It's important that we do everything we can to encourage shoppers to keep using this part of Bury St Edmunds, especially during the tourist season.
"The town centre is very much open for business and we're happy to give it an added boost."
Cllr Robert Everitt, Chair of the Bury St Edmunds Area Working Party, said:
"I am delighted that this generous gesture by Suffolk County Council will allow town centre visitors some extra time to discover more of what Bury St Edmunds has to offer. Those who perhaps haven't been in since the Cupola House fire will be happy to see that the Traverse has re-opened and the town centre is bustling with interest."