Free Park & Ride in Salisbury until Easter

Salisbury Park and Ride Bus (Salisbury Reds)

12:04am 16th March 2018
(Updated 1:33pm 18th March 2018)

  • Free Park and Ride if you get on & off at Salisbury's P&R sites
  • Passengers getting on the bus at stops along the journey will have to pay

Park and Ride will be FREE to travel on in Salisbury from Saturday 17th March until Easter Monday.

It's one of a number of measures Wiltshire Council has approved to help struggling businesses in the wake of the nerve agent attack.

But the authority told the Salisbury Area Board meeting last night it WON'T be reducing car parking charges elsewhere around the city.

Salisbury Reds PR9 Park and Ride Bus at Britford
Salisbury Reds PR9 Park and Ride Bus at Britford

PUSH TO DO MORE TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES:

Wiltshire Council has a team working on a recovery programme which bosses say will focus on doing all it can to help local businesses.

£20,000 has been donated by Wiltshire Council and the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to a hardship fund to support Salisbury businesses.

Wiltshire Council will not charge business rates to the eight businesses that have been unable to open within the cordon in the Malting's, an area which is still being investigated by Scotland Yard.

Any specific queries about business rates or hardship can be directed to 01722 434401, or email businessrates@wiltshire.gov.uk

Any business in need of urgent help and advice can call the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub on 01225 402096. This is manned 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday by members of staff who're fully aware of the situation in Salisbury and can provide links to a wide range of support.

Traders can also call The Enterprise Network Centre on Salt Lane in Salisbury on 01722 567345. This is manned and open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Community Recovery Plan presentation
Authorities presenting on the Community Recovery Plan

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Cllr Ricky Rodgers asked the question on many people's minds urging the local authority's Cllr John Thomson to axe parking charges until things have settled down:


Deputy Leader John Thomson
explained what else they've done to support those most affected:

"We've visited 50 businesses to help them to apply for business rate relief and our officers are on the ground doing that. It's not a matter us waiting for them to come to us we're going to businesses.

"We're also working with HMRC to take a helpful and supportive approach to any VAT or tax issues that businesses may have."

Open for business sign
Encouraging more people to shop in the city


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Cllr John Thomson went on to explain other measures being put in place:


Many businesses have told Spire FM they're struggling in the aftermath as people avoid coming into the city.

Kate Mill, who co-owns the Cake Forge in the Maltings, described the city as a "ghost town" whilst market trader Carl Doran says trade on Tuesday was down by half.

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