Support for Hoole parking changes

Business Owners of Hoole are welcoming news of parking charges to be introduced at Bishops St Shoppers Car Park, Hoole.
The car park provides over 50 spaces for Hoole shoppers looking to spend with local traders. Historically, many of those spaces have already been taken before 8am or overnight by residents, people looking for free access to the train station for their commute, those working in the Chester area or staff from local businesses, leaving little space for shoppers and diners.With the closure of the banks and medical centre, business on the high street in Hoole have felt the pinch and with vigilant Traffic Wardens patrolling, the area has been gaining a reputation as being difficult to access.

Many Hoole businesses contributed to the Cheshire West and Chester Parking Consultation presenting ideas ranging from completely free for up-to 4 hours to small fees imposed immediately upon parking. The Association Love Hoole has also been negotiating with the council for a business only parking area to be trailed to relieve the pressure from the shoppers car park and so businesses do not put increased pressure on residential parking areas.
There was an initial concern by many that the council may implement charges similar to those seen in the city centre, thankfully the new system seems to suit shoppers but many businesses have commented that no charge from 6pm til 8am would suit residents better than the proposed £1 overnight charge. It is important that all customers and residents of Hoole are catered for in terms of parking without the cost putting people off. Ensuring everyone can enjoy going to their favourite butcher, after dropping their shoes off to be re-heeled, stopping for a spot of lunch or a hair-cut or perusing the many fantastic independent shops the area offers.
Jess Gore of erj Boutique commented ” We are very pleased with the proposal re the Bishops St Car Park as this review is well overdue. Many potential customers cut their shopping experience with us short due to parking timings and 3 customers were ticketed last week alone. Those who petition this because they park there for working will just have to park a little further away which is not the end of the world, business comes first”
Written clarification has been sought by a number of business owners regarding picking up and deliveries at the back of the shops in the car park and hopefully this will be confirmed very soon.
Hoole business owners are looking forward to seeing a more regular flow of happy customers enjoying their time in Hoole.