Sunday, 30 November 2014

Helping attract more Christmas shoppers to Dundee ...

I have called on Dundee City Council to consider having two free parking Saturdays in the City Centre’s council-owned car parks in the run-up to Christmas to boost the attractiveness of the city to the wider region for Christmas shopping.    I have also said the City Council should look for additional ways to help promote the city’s district shopping centres such as Perth Road, Broughty Ferry, Blackness Road, Nethergate/South Tay Street/West Port and Lochee in the run-up to Christmas.

I contacted the City Council’s Head of Transportation about the Saturday free parking suggestion and received the following response :

“This has been looked at in recent years and the fee for parking is not seen as the main attractor or disincentive, more so the availability of modern, safe and accessible facilities and the destination's attractiveness ie Dundee City Centre is a chosen destination for many people.”

While I agree that modern, safe and accessible parking facilities are vitally important, I think the council should be considering some limited free City Centre parking in the run-up to Christmas.  

Dundee is already an attractive place for out of town shoppers to do their Christmas shopping and some limited free parking would further help.   

Additionally the council should be doing more to help promote the great small businesses in district shopping centres like the West End, Broughty Ferry and Lochee.