Help us keep Free for Three Parking in Paisley town centre!
In November 2018, Paisley First launched a campaign calling on Renfrewshire Council to offer three hours of free parking within Paisley town centre Mondays to Fridays.
As a result, a Free for Three pilot project is now in place until January 2020.
The pilot scheme is operational in six car parks – Hunter Street Upper, Hunter Street Lower, Oakshaw, Orchard Street, School Wynd and Weighhouse Close.
Whilst not part of our Free for Three Campaign, Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce charges on Saturdays in all council-owned car parks, apart from the six pilot car parks which still offer the first three hours free, as analysis has shown a lack of availability of spaces in the town centre with many people using it as a park and ride facility.
The on street parking areas that were free on Saturdays are still free, you can also get three hours free in the pilot scheme car parks, and the large car park at the council’s HQ is still free all day on a Saturday too.
The pilot scheme is scheduled to run until the end of January 2020 and feedback will be crucial to our campaign to have Free for Three rolled out across the town centre on a permanent basis.
If we can achieve this, then visitors to the town will be entitled to three hours free parking Monday – Saturday in all council owned car parks, helping to put the town centre businesses on a level playing field with other Renfrewshire town centres.
Please help us by completing our survey HERE if you are a member of the public.
If you are a local business, please click HERE.
You can also support our campaign by writing to your local councillor, MP and MSP.
Where can I park for Free for Three Hours?
- Motorists can 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.
- New parking meters have been installed in each of the six car parks which now also 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 decided to reintroduce charges on Saturdays 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.
Benefits of Free for Three
Free parking for three hours throughout Paisley town centre will
- Challenge the perception of Paisley being inaccessible
- Prevent “commuter parking”
- Allow steady turnover of available parking spaces
- Make it easier to access “local” shops and in turn, improve the local economy
- Increase footfall on the High St and into local businesses
- Increase customer dwell time and customer spend
- Help attract shoppers into town who would have otherwise shopped elsewhere, especially with free parking at Braehead and Silverburn shopping centres and the new Wallneuk retail development opening soon on Renfrew Rd
- Allow Paisley businesses to capitalise on opportunities with those who may come into town for banking due to bank closures in surrounding areas
- Help attract new businesses to Paisley town centre
Public Response to Free for Three
“Brilliant idea…support this 100%…keep it local and support these fantastic businesses in these difficult times”
“It should also be extended to Saturdays. Too many people park then take the train to Glasgow meaning those of us nipping into town for a few things can’t find a parking space”
“Great idea!!! Let’s hope it happens!”
“I tried to nip into Paisley M&S last Sunday but because of the one-way system, double yellow lines, and disabled spaces, I couldn’t get parked anywhere nearby and just ended up going to Morrison’s”
“I am a teacher who lives in Paisley. During the holidays it will often mean that I would sooner shop at Silverburn or Braehead where parking is free instead of trying to find change to pop into the butchers or to marks and Spencer’s. If it’s free then I would come in more than I do”
“Meeting friends for coffee, doing a wee art class or exercise class, popping in for a haircut or just doing a little shopping in my own town without parking charges would be wonderful. Right now nobody comes to Paisley because of the parking situation”
“Fantastic idea, I would spend more time shopping in Paisley than going to bigger centres in which parking is free”
“Brilliant idea but PLEASE include Saturday by 9 am you cannot park near or in Causeyside Street as parking spaces have been taken for the day which is actually putting people off coming into Paisley as there is no parking”
“The parking problem and cost has been my gripe about shopping in Paisley centre for years! Free for three is a great idea!”