Chamber Wants Thirty Minutes Free Parking And Same Rate As Gillingham

Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce will ask Dorset Council to give motorists thirty minutes of free car parking in the Angel Lane and Bell Street car parks from next year.

And Chamber chair Virginia Edwyn-Jones has written to council officers to tell them it’s unacceptable that people parking all day in Gillingham could pay two pounds less than Shaftesbury motorists, according to proposals for new charges being introduced in 2022. Listen to our report to learn about the proposed fee changes.

Virginia says she is pleased that the suggested new rates allow for all-day parking. Previously the Chamber’s has heard complaints from event organisers whose attendees have had to leave sessions to move their vehicles when their maximum stay of four hours parking is up. Virginia says she’d like to know whether the current separation of Bell Street car park into long and short stay zones will be abolished.

Dorset Council has invited town and parish councils, and community groups, to comment on the new pricing structure. They say they’ll review and incorporate proposals into the plans where appropriate.

If you park regularly in Shaftesbury for shopping purposes, Dorset Council is considering a new parking permit scheme and you are being asked to offer your feedback as part of their consultation. The survey is here.