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Salisbury to offer free parking after 3pm

Salisbury is to offer free parking to shoppers after 3pm, as part of an agreement between the town’s Business Improvement District team, Wiltshire Council, and Salisbury City Council.

The Free After Three concession will be begin on Monday, June 30 to mark the launch of Independents’ Week, a week-long promotion and celebration of the city’s independent retailers and restaurants.

Shoppers will be able to park at the 528-space Culver Street car park without charge from 3pm, Monday to Saturday. The agreement is in addition to the Sunday and bank holiday concession at the same car park.

Trader Steve Dauwalder, owner of La Molina Restaurant in the Market Square said: “This initiative, could not have come at a better time for Salisbury as we experience higher visitor numbers at this time of the year.

“With a number of new businesses having recently opened or about to open, traders are optimistic of a rosy future for the city.

“As we come out of recession, it is important to ensure that Salisbury is vibrant and able to provide good facilities and attractions to encourage people into the city.

“Free car parking after 3pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays and Bank Holidays will encourage families to come in to the city later in the day and enjoy the afternoon and evening economy that is so important to the city.

“With Independents week taking place from June 30, the Culver Street Shoppers Car Park is an ideal opportunity to encourage people to visit Salisbury and enjoy everything that our city has to offer.”

Steve Godwin, Salisbury BID afternoon/evening economy manager said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with our partners in securing free parking after 3pm, as well as the recent success of free Sunday and Bank Holiday at Culver Street.

“The benefit of this initiative is that parents can pop in to the city after school, do some late shopping and then if they want, dine in one of our many pubs or restaurants, or perhaps take in the ambience of the city centre and cathedral close on a summers afternoon and evening.

“It is all helping to make Salisbury the number one destination in the south.”