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Driving people to the High Street

The relationship between car parking and town centres is a complex one

Martin Blackwell
16 March 2017
Martin Blackwell
Martin Blackwell

 

There is a common perception that all a town or city centre needs to do to thrive is to provide ample, free parking. But encouraging people to visit a particular high street or shopping centre is a more complex equation. I recently held a business focus group and workshop to try and identify some of the major challenges facing the town centre. I’m sure many places would be able to identify with the issues that came up. Firstly, I asked: “What is the biggest challenge facing the town...

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