FREE parking is essential to stop the rise in empty shops in Bognor Regis town centre, says the town’s chamber of commerce. Currently the town has 30 empty shops- an increase of four on January.
Chamber vice-chairman Ian Harding said the number of vacant premises showed that a fresh approach to charging motorists was needed. He warned the latest meeting of Bognor Regis Civic Society:” We have the rise of internet shopping and out of town shopping. Free parking is common sense and business sense.
“Things are going to get very tough in the next few months. That will continue to rise. We are facing, as is the rest of the country, a three year economic blizzard.”
He said there was still a recession and parking charges were a deterrent on town centre visits.