New ini­tia­tive for free park­ing

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

PE­RI­ODS of free park­ing in coun­cil-run short stay car parks have been in­tro­duced across Car­marthen­shire, in­clud­ing Llanelli, as part of a new pilot.

From Mon­day, vis­i­tors to the county’s main towns are now able to park for free if they ar­rive and stay within cer­tain hours.

The ini­tia­tive has been launched by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to sup­port town cen­tre traders.

Vis­i­tors will still need to ob­tain a ticket and dis­play it as nor­mal, how­ever the ticket will be is­sued with no charge at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions and times dur­ing the pilot:

■ Am­man­ford – Mon­day to Fri­day, 3.15pm – 6pm

■ Car­marthen – Tues­days and Thurs­days, 3.30pm – 6pm

■ Llanelli – Mon­days and Tues­days, 10am-4pm

■ Llan­deilo, Llan­dovery, New­cas­tle Em­lyn and St Clears – Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 10am – 2pm

The pilot is in ad­di­tion to the five free park­ing days the coun­cil of­fers town cen­tres ev­ery year, which makes more than 15,000 free spa­ces avail­able to com­ple­ment pre­planned events.

Stephen Pilliner, head of high­ways and trans­port, said: “This pilot ini­tia­tive has been brought in as a way of sup­port­ing traders dur­ing the days and times they have told us are their qui­eter pe­ri­ods.”

Free park­ing will only ap­ply be­tween the hours spec­i­fied for each town and free park­ing will only ap­ply to those us­ing the short stay park­ing bays.

Vis­i­tors will still need to ob­tain and dis­play a ticket, but the ticket will be is­sued at no charge dur­ing the spec­i­fied pe­ri­ods.

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