From 1 November 2011 until 28 February 2013, it will be cheaper for motorists who wish to park for longer periods in the Llyn Bach car park in Porthmadog.
The car park has traditionally been designated as a ‘short stay’ car park, aimed at generating a regular turnover of motorists wishing to visit the town’s shops and businesses, not for people to park their cars all day. It will now change to a ‘long stay’ car park for a trial period of 16 months, meaning that motorists can pay less to park for longer periods.
The Council will be monitoring the situation, and the impact of the changes, before making a final decision on the financial and regulatory implications.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Senior Portfolio Leader for the Environment, said: “Council officers have met with the local group to discuss this matter and to listen to their arguments that this change will encourage greater use of the car park and benefit Porthmadog town centre.
“The opening of the Porthmadog by-pass, and the expected resulting change in parking and shopping habits, gives the Council the opportunity to trial this new arrangement.
“Some of the funds raised through parking fees are used to maintain our car parks to a high standard and as it is often one of the first places that visitors see and can create a lasting impact. The fees also contribute towards ensuring both motorist and pedestrian safety.”
Councillor Selwyn Griffiths, chairman of the Porthmadog, Tremadog, Penrhyndeudraeth and Minffordd Bypass Response Group said: “We have been working towards this development for years and I am very pleased with the progress we have made.
“I am confident that this change will lead to much more use of the car parks, which of course will be very good news for the town, and I support it 100%.”