Petition for free parking gathers support

Launceston business employee Candice Green says cheaper or free parking in the CBD would benefit shoppers and workers. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Launceston business employee Candice Green says cheaper or free parking in the CBD would benefit shoppers and workers. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

A PETITION pushing for free parking in Launceston's CBD has gained support from some town businesses.

Central business employee Candice Green said cheaper, or free, parking in the CBD would benefit shoppers and city workers alike.

Ms Green said the cost of parking meters increased about twice a year and parking cost was a point of frustration for many Launceston town-goers.

She said although she did not believe free parking would solve all of the town's retail woes, it would help to alleviate angst and relieve pressures on frequent inner-city commuters.

CityProm executive officer Vanessa Cahoon said she was aware of businesses pushing for free parking in the area.

``There are also other businesses won't support it, they don't believe parking is a single fix for the local economy,'' Ms Cahoon said.

She said there were a host of parking options about Launceston, many with varied pricing options.

``CityProm wrote to the council to consider free parking options Monday to Saturday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm,'' Ms Cahoon said.

``It's not utilised as well as it could be, perhaps we need to look at alternative parking times.''

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