Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich: Shoppers take advantage of price cuts at town car parks

09:00 28 February 2013

Crown car park.

Crown car park.

IPSWICH: The borough scheme to cut charges at most of its town centre car parks has helped to attract thousands of new shoppers.

Borough leader David Ellesmere said price cuts at four car parks had brought almost 20,000 new shoppers to the town centre since November.

Tariffs of £1 an hour apply to Crown car park, William Street (next to Crown Pools), the new Regent public car park in Woodbridge Road, Upper Barclay Street and Bond Street.

Crown alone has seen more than 14,000 extra customers since last November, while the Regent car park has welcomed an extra 2,550 since Christmas.

The new tariff was extended to William Street last month and an extra 2,500 people have parked there.The total of 19,588 extra customers applies to four of the car parks – it does not include Bond Street.

Mr Ellesmere said: “This is very good news as it shows that our cheap parking policy is attracting more people to the town centre.

“Clearly, we have no control over private operators but we have taken the lead and hope they will follow us.”

Ipswich central chief executive Paul Clement said: “We saw an increase in business in January and this kind of initiative is clearly good for the town.”

Have the new prices made Ipswich more attractive? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

7 comments

  • So IBC have proved what everyone knows, that car parking charges deter visitors. Can somebody at IBC please contact Babergh DC and inform them of this before they kill off Sudbury and Hadleigh by raising parking fees again?

    Report this comment

    Sudders

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • How do you know that these are 20k new shoppers to the town...surely most have just switched from another more expensive car park! Good business by the borough but poor reporting by the Star

    Report this comment

    Maserati

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Went into the town durying the week for the first time in years.. Never again, THERE ARE NOOOO SHOPS WORTH GOING INTO!!! most of the time people from stowmarket or bury use to come here because they didnt have the shops in there town, now every town has a charity shop or tescos that there is no need to come...BYE BYE town

    Report this comment

    an idea

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • So encouraging an additional 20,000 cars into Ipswich is deemed a success? Maybe that's why the councillors voted to close down Bury Road Park & Ride - how much additional traffic has that generated in the town?

    Report this comment

    Bob

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Amazing! Today Ipswich Borough councillors finally wake up to the idea that lowering car parking prices may actually help to get more visitors into the town, whilst just yesterday Suffolk County councillors admitted that Ipswich is an anti car zone.They will be telling us next that cheaper business rates might also encourage business back into the town centre soon as well!

    Report this comment

    england1770

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Encourage shoppers into Ipswch?! The Martlesham Park and Ride no long stops at Tower Ramparts - what use is that? It's the bus stop that almost everyone preferred as it's so close to the town centre. Does Ipswich actually want shopper and visitors?

    Report this comment

    Suffolk Sue

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Yes - 20,000 new shoppers, no shops, and more gridlock. Well done IBC

    Report this comment

    Chris D

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Simon O'Brien-Ellington with his wife, Claire.

Paths are for people, not for cars. That is the driving force behind a campaign started by Ipswich man Simon O’Brien-Ellington who says badly parked cars block access for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and blind people.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenage registered sex offender has been given a suspended prison term after police discovered he had moved to Ipswich from the Midlands without telling them.

Pupils at Sprites Primary School have a junior pig named Mudlet that they have painted as part of Pigs Gone Wild project.

Can your children create a brightly coloured pig to rival those that have popped up around Ipswich this summer?

Search being co-ordinated at Jaywick for a missing kayaker

People are being urged to stay safe if they visit the seaside this summer after the death of a canoeist off the coast at Jaywick on Sunday.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A 20-year-old man from Ipswich has been charged with allegedly kicking a female police officer in the face and biting her male colleague.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

BHS in Ipswich.

With BHS set to close across the country by the end of August, retail bosses and politicians are now looking for an alternative use for the large store in Ipswich’s Butter Market Street.

The scene of a crash on the A134 near Sudbury

Two pensioners were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital after a crash in Sudbury left them in a life-threatening condition this afternoon.

England's Harry Martin in 2014.

The greatest sporting spectacle on the planet is almost upon us once again.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, together with Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, host a business engagement events at UCS, to give businesses in the East the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of devolution. 
Panel of speakers Chris Starkie Chris Bally Dr Peter Funnell Andy Wood OBE Mark Pendlington answer relevant questions

Business leaders from across east Suffolk have come together to back proposals for the region to get more devolved powers from the government.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24