Last Year Telford & Wrekin Council increased the cost of parking permits for non-residents and businesses to £115 from £55 in Ironbridge. Following representations made to the Council by the local community a decision has been taken to reverse the charges to the original cost of £55 per year.
Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “Having met with the local Business Consortium in Ironbridge, I fully appreciated the impact this was having on local businesses and raised these concerns directly with the Council. The increase from £55 to £115 per annum, led to an increase of approximately 110% to local business, which is significant and was beginning to have a detrimental impact on the local economy. Therefore, I am delighted to confirm that the Council has listened to the representations made and has decided to reverse this increase. It is important that the Council supports businesses to ensure that the World Heritage Site sustains a vibrant local economy. As the Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge, I continue to work with businesses, the Council and local stakeholders to ensure we secure investment in the Gorge. It is vital we create a sustainable environment for local businesses to flourish in the World Heritage Site and strive to support a growing business community which continues to make Ironbridge such a unique destination”.