The town of Malmesbury has announced it is the first in Wiltshire to provide free council parking. In a year long trial the council have designated one car park to allow two hours free parking. It is hoped this will boost trade and attract shoppers and tourists. To balance this out, it is expected to cost £9,000 in lost revenue, which will be subsidised by the town council and Malmesbury Town Team. Other nearby towns are watching with interest.
The Prankster decided to mosey on over and try things out.
The town centre, while picturesque, has limited free on-street parking and one nearby pay to park car park. The free car park, while some way away by road, is actually quite close to the centre of town. A two minute walk up some steps and you are there.
There are a selection of cafes in which to wile away half an hour. The Prankster enjoyed a smoothie in the Summer Cafe, but Amanda's was also nearby, as no doubt were others.
The Abbey Gardens were extremely beautiful at this time of year, featuring fountains, sculptures, ponds, a river walk and many other sights - they are a must see for anyone visiting Malmesbury.
All too soon the two hours were over and it was time to return to the car. With the money The Prankster spent in the town, Malmesbury Town Team can be happy they are already beginning to recoup their investment.
The Prankster will try and remember to report back in a year to see whether the experiment was a success or failure.
The Parking Prankster