IN A bid to attract more shoppers to the town centre, car parks in Uxbridge have been made free on Sundays throughout February.
Plans were announced to a mixed reaction at a council meeting last Thursday, as part of plans to help residents through the credit crunch.
The free parking will apply all day in four car parks which include Cedars, in Oxford Road, Grainges, in Cross Street, Civic Centre, in Cricket Field Road, and The Chimes car park, in Chippendale Way.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader of the council, said: "We recognise that many people have been affected by the credit crunch, and we will continue to offer practical help and support to our residents and our businesses through these difficult times."
Tony Dunn, general manager of the Chimes, said: "We are keen to support our retailers in these difficult times as well as providing additional value to our customers.
"Offering free parking on Sundays throughout February we believe will certainly encourage shoppers to come into town."
The news drew criticism from a Hayes councillor who believed the initiative will only drive more shoppers away from Hayes town centre and towards Uxbridge.
Councillor Lynne Allen, said: "At the moment car parks are free in Hayes, and benefits the shopkeepers. Now this advantage is being taken away from them."
One trader in Uxbridge who wished to remain anonymous said: "It isn't that great, it only costs £1 anyway.
"I remember when the car parks were always free on Sundays, why did they start charging people in the first place?"
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