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Scheme To Benefit Shoppers In Ashley Road

Shoppers in Ashley Road, Poole, will soon benefit from a car parking refund scheme.

Customers can park in a local car park and receive a refund of up to two hours parking, currently 60p, when they spend over £5 in one of the participating shops.

Traders along Ashley Road offering the refund will display a blue/white sign in their shop window.

Cllr Dion, Richard Wilson and Cllr Le Poidevin launching the car parking scheme in Ashley Road
Cllr Dion, Richard Wilson and Cllr Le Poidevin launching the car parking scheme in Ashley Road

Approximately 30 traders have so far signed up to the scheme including the Co-Op, Peacocks, Oswald Bailey and The Churchill pub with many more expected to come on board in the coming weeks.

The ticket machines in four public car parks have been upgraded to accommodate the twin tickets used to support the scheme. These car parks are located in Jubilee Road, Albert Road, Norrish Road and Mansfield Road.

The £400 cost to upgrade the car parking machines has been provided by the Alderney, Branksome East and West Area Committee. These machines are now issuing twin tickets.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Local Economy and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "We have been working closely with local traders to deliver a scheme which not only improves the economic vibrancy of the Ashley Road shopping area but also helps to ensure that our car parks are more fully utilised thereby reducing the amount of parking in residential streets. I’d like to congratulate the Ashley Road Traders for working together to develop a scheme that promises to benefit everybody and we wish the scheme every success."

Richard Wilson, Chairman of the Ashley Road Traders Association, said: "This venture is designed to help reduce congestion on Ashley Road by promoting the local car parks. This has been welcomed by all members of the Ashley Road scheme and gives an incentive for people to use the diverse facilities that local shops have to offer."

Councillor Marion Le Poidevin, Ward Member for Branksome West, Borough of Poole, said: "I congratulate Ashley Road Traders on setting up this scheme. It will be good for everyone: shoppers will get longer free parking than on the street and have more time to browse the wide variety of shops, businesses will get more customers and Ashley Road will be less congested."

Any trader wishing to join the scheme can contact their local ward councillor or Richard Wilson at bookworm.books@yahoo.com