February 17, 2012 The Sentinel
TRADERS are campaigning for a free parking zone to encourage more shoppers into a market town.
A petition has been signed by shop owners in High Street, Stone, who have taken action in an attempt to increase business during weekdays.
They are campaigning for a free parking zone to be enforced throughout Stone to encourage shoppers to stay local and promote more trade. It currently costs 50p an hour and 90p for two hours to park in the town’s short stay car parks.
Helen Quinton, a franchise manager at the Francesco salon, started the campaign. The 45-year-old, who has worked in High Street for 20 years, said: “I think that while Stone is a lovely place, footfall is effectively dying out because of the cost of parking.
“We want to be able to welcome people into this town and we think that car parks act as a mental block to people.”
The petition, supported by 37 traders, will now go before Stafford Borough council.
Ms Quinton said: “I wanted to do something positive and to get the message across to the council before more businesses have to close.
“As shop owners we pay our business rates which aren’t cheap and I think it is time we got something back.”
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