Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 3rd February 2017.

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Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill Conservative, Bury St Edmunds 9:34 am, 3rd February 2017

My hon. Friend is talking about giving councils the flexibility to lower prices in order to stimulate high streets, yet areas that are highly stimulated by an event—a celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, perhaps, this year—might wish to direct drivers to a park-and-ride, for instance, to avoid an absolute blockage in the town centre. Many of us have great events in our towns. May we have a temporary uplift, deterring people from parking in the town centre while an event is going on, and reduce it afterwards? This amendment sounds a little heavy-handed, if my hon. Friend does not mind my saying so.