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Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director of RingGo has backed “promotions over Christmas” to encourage people to shop. He has confirmed a number of parking promotions are already in place across the country in time for the festive season.
However, he warned in many cases it was still down to “local authorities” to decide what support they wanted for their own high streets.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I’m certainly an advocate of promotions over Christmas.
“I certainly think that’s a way of supporting the high street.
“We do a number of things like Thursday night late shopping for example.
“Some councils will offer, in the four to six-week run-up, a special rate on what is typically a low trading rate to encourage people to come out shopping.
“We have Christmas promos set up on our system and there is probably at any one time at least 30 to 40 of those running.
“Some councils will offer pound parking all day Sunday for example to support the high street.
“We see a mixed bag of promotions and some do free as well.
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“But, it’s really down to the local authority as to how they want to support the high street.”
Mr O’Driscoll said “no one supports” their local high street as a result of online shopping.
However, he warned a new scheme is under trial which could “reward” drivers for visiting their city centres and towns.
He told Express.co.uk: “We’ve been doing some pilots in Sunderland called ‘ParkingPerx’.
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