'I was paying £4 a day to leave my car in town'
WORKERS and shoppers have welcomed calls to introduce free parking in part of Burslem town centre.
A group of councillors has recommended allowing free, 30-minute parking on the 16-space Woodbank Street car park.
It comes as traders have previously demanded free parking in part of the town centre.
Mark Cook, pictured left, aged 47, who works nearby in St John's Square for estate agent Wakefield Giles, said: "We have had lots of trouble with trying to find a parking space near to the office.
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"I used to park on the road opposite but it was costing £4 a day and when you are in and out of the office all day it can be a nightmare."
Staff at the branch also looked at getting a parking permit but because they are a business the cost rose to more than £250.
Mark, of Victoria Road, Crewe, added: "It was far too expensive and we can't afford to pay so much for parking.
"Currently I park outside one of the flats we have for sale as it is not designated but it means walking to the office.
"And with the weather being so bad recently it is not ideal.
"If any free parking came into the area it would definitely benefit both me and my colleagues.
"I think the city council needs to focus on providing parking for Burslem, especially with the regeneration efforts in the area.
"The Woodbank Street car park is always empty and it is ridiculous when you see the spaces going to waste there.
"The car park should be made available for free parking and I think it would make a big difference to everyone."
Shopper Adrian Dean, aged 46, a painter from Stoke, said: "If the council offered free parking in the town centre then it would be good for visitors.
"Anywhere with free parking would be a positive thing and it encourages shoppers to use the services."