FREE FOR THREE PILOT SCHEME TO GET UNDERWAY
Following a successful campaign by Paisley First and local businesses, a Free for Three pilot project will get underway next week.
Many thanks to all those businesses who encouraged customers to sign our petition and then returned these petition forms to the Paisley First team.
As a result of our campaign, from Monday 29th July, visitors to Paisley will be able to take advantage of three hours free parking in the town centre as part of the pilot scheme to test the impact on local businesses and encourage people to spend their money locally.
Motorists will be able to park in six of the town centre’s car parks without being charged for the first three hours of their stay – the six car parks involved in the pilot are Orchard Street, Weighhouse Close, Hunter Street (upper and lower), Oakshaw and School Wynd, a total of 186 spaces and approximately 20% of the council’s off-street parking spaces.
New parking meters are being installed in each of the six car parks which will now accept both coin and contactless payment.
Every vehicle will still need to display a ticket, but free parking will be available for their first three hours after 10am, Monday to Saturday – after which charges will apply.
Whilst not part of our Free for Three Campaign, Renfrewshire Council has decided that charges are being reintroduced on a Saturday in all council-owned car parks, with the six pilot car parks having the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with people using it as a park and ride facility.
Parking will remain free all day on a Sunday in all council-owned spaces.
There is no change to on-street parking charges, with evening and weekend parking remaining free, and the car park at Renfrewshire House will remain available for free on evenings and weekends.
The pilot scheme is scheduled to run for six months and feedback from businesses will be crucial to our campaign to have Free for Three rolled out across the town centre on a permanent basis.
Click here for further information and Q&A’s from Renfrewshire Council regarding the Free For Three Pilot Scheme www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisleyparkingpilot
If you would like to be part of our business feedback group, helping us to collect data on the effectiveness of Free for Three for your business, then please get in touch with the Paisley First team as soon as possible.
In the meantime if you have any other queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0141 237 8120, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Paisley First office at 1 County Place.