Special car parking offer in Worcester to mark Tour of Britain

Special car parking offer in Worcester to mark Tour of Britain

Special car parking offer in Worcester to mark Tour of Britain

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A SPECIAL car parking promotion is being launched in Worcester next week as part of a major cycling event in the city.

In a bid to take advantage of the Tour of Britain, Worcester City Council is offering special deals at four car parks on Wednesday, September 10.

All drivers will be able to park at Croft Road, Newport Street, Pitchcroft and St Martin's Gate for one hour and get two free.

The deal is aimed to helping city shops get a sudden boost from an influx of people staying in Worcester for longer.

The decision has been signed off by city council managing director Duncan Sharkey after he consulted the Conservative leadership last week.

It will only last for that one day, with prices reverting back to their normal rates from Thursday, September 11.

The Tour of Britain's county leg will start in Worcester before going around the city centre, to Malvern via St John's and then onto Upton, Pershore Evesham and finally Broadway.

Peter Pawsey, chairman of Worcestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "We are thrilled to be supporting the Tour of Britain coming to Worcestershire and are looking forward to a really great occasion."

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6:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

broadwas says...

About time! Why not continue it to Christmas and help out beleaguered shops who are losing customers to retail parks? It's not rocket science....
About time! Why not continue it to Christmas and help out beleaguered shops who are losing customers to retail parks? It's not rocket science.... broadwas
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9:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

DarrenM says...

..because the pro-EU cycling/green fascists won't allow it broadwas- they want a derelict city centre devoid of cars and shops where its £10 an hour to park, because apparently that's a good thing
..because the pro-EU cycling/green fascists won't allow it broadwas- they want a derelict city centre devoid of cars and shops where its £10 an hour to park, because apparently that's a good thing DarrenM
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8:30am Tue 2 Sep 14

broadwas says...

"The deal is aimed to helping city shops get a sudden boost from an influx of people staying in Worcester for longer".


That's what it says above. How is a cycle race going to do that? A rush of noise for two minutes?

Trade is more important than this vanity project involving cycles - extend the deal and watch a real upturn in business. If that means less income for the bloated, multi-layered City, County and District Councils well slim them down!!
"The deal is aimed to helping city shops get a sudden boost from an influx of people staying in Worcester for longer". That's what it says above. How is a cycle race going to do that? A rush of noise for two minutes? Trade is more important than this vanity project involving cycles - extend the deal and watch a real upturn in business. If that means less income for the bloated, multi-layered City, County and District Councils well slim them down!! broadwas
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8:38am Tue 2 Sep 14

pudniw_gib says...

The Tour will be worth catching in Worcester as it starts there, chance to see the riders close up as they sign on in the morning and prepare to race and the roll out is pretty sedate.
Malvern will be good to visit to see some hard work being done. I think Upton town should be good as well but it will be flat out there....
The Tour will be worth catching in Worcester as it starts there, chance to see the riders close up as they sign on in the morning and prepare to race and the roll out is pretty sedate. Malvern will be good to visit to see some hard work being done. I think Upton town should be good as well but it will be flat out there.... pudniw_gib
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5:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

3thinker says...

broadwas wrote:
"The deal is aimed to helping city shops get a sudden boost from an influx of people staying in Worcester for longer".


That's what it says above. How is a cycle race going to do that? A rush of noise for two minutes?

Trade is more important than this vanity project involving cycles - extend the deal and watch a real upturn in business. If that means less income for the bloated, multi-layered City, County and District Councils well slim them down!!
Worcestershire won't get anywhere near the £100M of extra cash injected into the local economy that Yorkshire did with the Tour De France but for a start the 20 teams with probably in excess of 10 members and at least another 100 race organisers will spend an overnight in the area. At least 5,000 are expected at the start and about twice this amount on the route. Some will stay over, others will still spend locally. Many may well like what they see and return and possibly with their families. There's also the 'free' TV coverage showcasing our wonderful countryside that will again encourage more tourist and day trip visits. Typically a cycle tourist also spends about 4 times what a car bourne day tripper does. Given the low cost of bringing the tour to Worcestershire it actually makes lots of sense as it will bring increased trade, both on the day of the event and in the longer term.

I do however agree with you about the waste of taxpayers money in sustaining two levels of local government when one is more efficient and adequate for the most of the rest of the UK population.
[quote][p][bold]broadwas[/bold] wrote: "The deal is aimed to helping city shops get a sudden boost from an influx of people staying in Worcester for longer". That's what it says above. How is a cycle race going to do that? A rush of noise for two minutes? Trade is more important than this vanity project involving cycles - extend the deal and watch a real upturn in business. If that means less income for the bloated, multi-layered City, County and District Councils well slim them down!![/p][/quote]Worcestershire won't get anywhere near the £100M of extra cash injected into the local economy that Yorkshire did with the Tour De France but for a start the 20 teams with probably in excess of 10 members and at least another 100 race organisers will spend an overnight in the area. At least 5,000 are expected at the start and about twice this amount on the route. Some will stay over, others will still spend locally. Many may well like what they see and return and possibly with their families. There's also the 'free' TV coverage showcasing our wonderful countryside that will again encourage more tourist and day trip visits. Typically a cycle tourist also spends about 4 times what a car bourne day tripper does. Given the low cost of bringing the tour to Worcestershire it actually makes lots of sense as it will bring increased trade, both on the day of the event and in the longer term. I do however agree with you about the waste of taxpayers money in sustaining two levels of local government when one is more efficient and adequate for the most of the rest of the UK population. 3thinker
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