COUNCILLORS will be asked to extend the suspension of car parking charges in Flintshire until the end of the year.

Members of Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve an extension to the suspension of car parking charges in Flintshire’s town centre car parks until 31 December 2020, when they meet on 22 September.

The financial loss from suspending car parking charges has a direct impact on the Council’s budget and car parks continue to incur standing costs for items such as maintenance, street lighting and business rates, even when the charges are not in place.

The loss of income from parking charges will continue to be included in the Council’s COVID-19 claims.

The Council suspended all Pay and Display car parking charges from 25 March 2020 and following the decision to allow non-essential shops to re-open from 22 June, the decision was made to extend the suspension of charges until 31 August.

It is now proposed to further extend the suspension of car parking charges until 31 December.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said: “I welcome this proposal and its intention to support the cross Council work to reopen our town centres and encourage shoppers and visitors to return and support local businesses. This approach will provide free parking in the run up to the Christmas period which will also support an upturn in shopper footfall.”

It is recommended that short stay parking continue to be controlled by way of displaying a valid Pay and Display ticket in the window of the vehicle to ensure the turnover of vehicles in spaces closest to the town centre and all other restrictions, such as displaying a blue badge in a disabled space, will still apply.