New town centre car park opens

St Helens Star: The new car park is on Waterloo Street The new car park is on Waterloo Street

A NEW car park in the town centre is another commitment to help retailers in St Helens, says the council leader.

A ten space pay and display car park has been built on the site of the former Maloney’s Bar and Martines nightclub on Waterloo Street near to Tyrers.

A council spokesperson claims that St Helens is “one of the cheapest places to park in the North West”.

They said that St Helens also operates a ‘Free after Three’ scheme on Chalon Way, St Mary’s and Birchley Street and a large part of the town centre is now open on Sunday.

Council Leader Barrie Grunewald said: "The council is totally committed to finding different ways of supporting our retailers in these difficult trading times. The ‘Free after Three’ scheme is proving very popular and this extra car park will greatly add to our drive to attract more shoppers into the town."

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3:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

suenthe3cs says...

surely some shops other than £, pie and charity shops in the town centre would bring people in much more than a car park?
surely some shops other than £, pie and charity shops in the town centre would bring people in much more than a car park? suenthe3cs
  • Score: 15

5:01pm Mon 3 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

Yes it is cheap to park in St Helens compared to some other towns but then again, what would be the point of charginging a premium for parking in a dead town ? Yes, cheap it may be but the penalties imposed for the most minor of transgressions by the private company hired by the Council to handle parking in St Helens, are totally disproportionate and thats what has driven people and their cars away from the town centre, thus having a knock on effect on the business's trying to survive.
Yes it is cheap to park in St Helens compared to some other towns but then again, what would be the point of charginging a premium for parking in a dead town ? Yes, cheap it may be but the penalties imposed for the most minor of transgressions by the private company hired by the Council to handle parking in St Helens, are totally disproportionate and thats what has driven people and their cars away from the town centre, thus having a knock on effect on the business's trying to survive. smith&weston
  • Score: 18

5:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

barrie timpson says...

Wow. New car park.

Council leader says "blah blah blah"...

I took the family to Golden square today while I had some time off - it's like a different planet.
Wow. New car park. Council leader says "blah blah blah"... I took the family to Golden square today while I had some time off - it's like a different planet. barrie timpson
  • Score: 18

7:07pm Mon 3 Mar 14

The gobby 1 says...

Yipee!!!!! Another car park in the town centre, another reason to grab my coat and drive into town to look round all the crappy shops, sorry, it certainly doesnt make me want to go anywhere near the poor excuse of a shopping centre, give, me warrington, widnes, wigan even liverpool anyday, id much rather go that extra mile and have a much better shopping experience!
Yipee!!!!! Another car park in the town centre, another reason to grab my coat and drive into town to look round all the crappy shops, sorry, it certainly doesnt make me want to go anywhere near the poor excuse of a shopping centre, give, me warrington, widnes, wigan even liverpool anyday, id much rather go that extra mile and have a much better shopping experience! The gobby 1
  • Score: 36

8:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

aldishopper42 says...

The council can build as many car parks as they want - they could even build one in Church Square, but it's not necessarily going to attract more shoppers. After all, what has St Helens town centre got to offer? Pound shops, phone shops, pie shops and overall a dreadful shopping experience.
The council can build as many car parks as they want - they could even build one in Church Square, but it's not necessarily going to attract more shoppers. After all, what has St Helens town centre got to offer? Pound shops, phone shops, pie shops and overall a dreadful shopping experience. aldishopper42
  • Score: 10

10:26pm Mon 3 Mar 14

smith&weston says...

aldishopper42 wrote:
The council can build as many car parks as they want - they could even build one in Church Square, but it's not necessarily going to attract more shoppers. After all, what has St Helens town centre got to offer? Pound shops, phone shops, pie shops and overall a dreadful shopping experience.
Bit harsh there... you can meet some really interesting smack heads and enjoy about of wrestling with them as they take your mobile phone / wallet off you or you can be abused by the alcoholics that gather in the car park stair wells.....
[quote][p][bold]aldishopper42[/bold] wrote: The council can build as many car parks as they want - they could even build one in Church Square, but it's not necessarily going to attract more shoppers. After all, what has St Helens town centre got to offer? Pound shops, phone shops, pie shops and overall a dreadful shopping experience.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh there... you can meet some really interesting smack heads and enjoy about of wrestling with them as they take your mobile phone / wallet off you or you can be abused by the alcoholics that gather in the car park stair wells..... smith&weston
  • Score: 12

10:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

TESSYGLYNN says...

I agree with all of the above. There is NO atmosphere in our once thriving town. No decent shops to browse around in. I now go to Warrington or Widnes ( there is no charge for shopping in Widnes for about the first 4 hours) and Warrington has very competitive rates and loads more shops with plenty of atmosphere. The leader of this council definitely needs to get his thinking cap on and do something about this serious issue. I really cannot see this town surviving beyond the next couple of years and the shops that have managed to stay here will surely have to move out in order to survive. I notice over the last two weeks that Coverdales and WH Smith have gone and has anyone noticed the lack of stalls now in the market because I certainly have.
I agree with all of the above. There is NO atmosphere in our once thriving town. No decent shops to browse around in. I now go to Warrington or Widnes ( there is no charge for shopping in Widnes for about the first 4 hours) and Warrington has very competitive rates and loads more shops with plenty of atmosphere. The leader of this council definitely needs to get his thinking cap on and do something about this serious issue. I really cannot see this town surviving beyond the next couple of years and the shops that have managed to stay here will surely have to move out in order to survive. I notice over the last two weeks that Coverdales and WH Smith have gone and has anyone noticed the lack of stalls now in the market because I certainly have. TESSYGLYNN
  • Score: 7

7:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

mikeashworth says...

rumour has it that boots, dorothy perkins and burton will all shut up shop very soon in town centre
rumour has it that boots, dorothy perkins and burton will all shut up shop very soon in town centre mikeashworth
  • Score: 3

10:03pm Sat 8 Mar 14

ste64 says...

Its a waste of money what ever they do the place needs demolishing
Its a waste of money what ever they do the place needs demolishing ste64
  • Score: 0

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