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Hourly Parking Charge To Return

Borough of Poole has proposed to reintroduce an hourly parking rate in the main Dolphin shopping centre multi storey car park, following the introduction of the two hour minimum charge in 2011.

Since the introduction of the two hour minimum charge, businesses in the shopping centre have reported a drop in footfall and asked that the hourly rate be reconsidered.

The hourly rate will also be reinstated in the two surrounding roof top car parks in the town centre. A 28 day notification period will run throughout June and the one hour rate will commence in July. 

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, said: "The council is committed to doing what we can to support businesses and traders in Poole. It is important that we work together in partnership to listen to and address concerns in a positive way. We hope that by reintroducing the hourly rate in our town centre car parks this will encourage more shoppers to Poole over the summer.

"We are also looking to encourage town centre businesses to play their part and investigate the possibility of introducing a parking rebate scheme or similar over the next year so that we might increase the numbers even more."

The 90p hourly rate will be back in time for summer and it is hoped businesses will benefit from this positive action. The change will be for a year long trial initially and will then be reviewed with traders next year.

John Grinnell, Dolphin shopping centre manager, who has worked tirelessly to reintroduce the hourly charge, says: "We are delighted the council is bringing back an hourly parking rate in the main Dolphin shopping centre multi storey car park and surrounding roof top car parks.

“The hourly rate is a positive move forward, not only for the town centre businesses, but also for those coming to shop in Poole.”

Lucy Cooper, President of Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, is in favour of the proposed change: "In this economic climate we have to do everything we can to encourage shoppers to visit Poole town centre on a more frequent basis and explore what traders have to offer."