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Beach car parks set for lower parking charges this winter

Parking charges at a number of beach car parks in Swansea's Gower region are being reduced for the winter period to help boost visitor numbers.

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Swansea Council has lowered the hourly rate for parking at six beach car parks following concerns by local businesses that current parking rates were putting people off from visiting during the quieter winter period.

The lower parking rates will be introduced at Bracelet Bay, Caswell Hill, Caswell Bay, Langland, Horton and Port Eynon.

The planned changes come into effect from 1 November this year and will see the hourly rate drop from £1.50 for the first hour to 50p. The current charge for 2 hours will also drop from £3 to £1 and a new half-day rate (3hrs) will be introduced at a charge of £1.50. All day parking will also drop from £5 to £3.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "During the last year we have heard from local ward members and local businesses about their concerns for visitor numbers during the winter.

"We know summer is a very busy time of year for our beach locations but we want to help businesses during the winter by making parking charges more attractive.

"I'm confident that the planned lower parking rates will encourage more people to make use of the car parks and help boost our local economy."

The Council will also standardise summer parking charges across all beach and foreshore car parks so that motorists paying for all-day parking can move between car parks during the day without needing to pay an additional charge.

The proposals for summer parking charges mean the hourly parking rate will remain the same as existing charges but the all-day charge will increase from £5 to £6.

Cllr Thomas added: "When visitors come to Swansea for the day, they don't necessarily stay in one location. They may visit Mumbles and then move on further west to parts of Gower. The changes we are introducing in the Summer means they only need to pay for all-day parking once and that ticket can be used at all car parks along the foreshore and at beach locations.

"I think this is an excellent opportunity for motorists to be more flexible during their day and not suffer additional expense."  

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