Salisbury parking nearly triple the cost of Test Valley

Salisbury parking nearly triple the cost of Test Valley

Published by Jack Deery at 5:54am 9th January 2020. (Updated at 5:34pm 10th January 2020)

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Test Valley Borough Council is slashing the prices for car parks in Andover.

From April 2020, Test Valley Borough Council are removing the 30,45 and 60 minute charges with prices now at £1 for two hours across Andover. 

For two hours of Short Stay parking in Salisbury, it costs an average of £2.66. 

The council are hoping it will attract more visitors to the town centre, which, similarly, Wiltshire Council did after the Novichok incidents in 2018  by making parking free to encourage people to come back to the city. 

Prices in the Test Valley will drop more than 40% when the new prices are introduced in a few months time.

Infographic comparing car parking in Salisbury
Comparison of prices in council-owned car parks between Salisbury and Test Valley

Parking Portfolio Holder and Deputy Leader, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: 

"We have such ambitious plans to rejuvenate our town centres and the one thing we are continually asked for is cheaper parking. So instead of following the old parking strategy of inflationary rises, we're thrilled that we're now able to offer free parking in Andover through two-hour stays at Shepherds Spring Lane together with two hours for the current price of one.

The majority of people that park in Test Valley car parks stay for between one and two hours, so these changes will help the greatest number of users. Free parking after 4pm and all day on Sundays and bank holidays will still apply - and with contactless payment now available we're making sure it is as easy as possible to park up and shop locally."

Black Swan Yard car park - Andover (Google Maps)
Andover's Black Swan Yard car park will see it's two-hour prices cut down

Spire FM has contacted Wiltshire Council for a statement. 

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