Small businesses need an extension to free car parking until at least next July, according to Plaid Cymru Town Councillor Rhys Mills.
Councillor Rhys Mills has been engaging with businesses in his Blackwood ward over the past month to see what help they may need over the Christmas period and beyond.
Plaid Cymru has sent an open letter signed by over 30 small businesses to Caerphilly County’s the Car Parks Task and Finish Group urging them to act. The Task and Finish Group are due to report in December
Plaid Cymru Town Councillor Rhys Mills said: "The council needs to extend free parking for the first half of 2021 to encourage people to come back into our town centres and help traders as they try to recover from this crisis.
"I have spoken to many small business owners over the past month and they agree that free parking is no longer a 'nice to have'. It has now become essential to their very survival."
Open letter to Task and Finish Group
We strongly believe that this is no longer a nice to have for small businesses but a must-have if we are to survive and flourish in the future.
Cllr Rhys Mills (Blackwood South)
Andrew Short (AJM Auto Services) Sarah Wareham (Woodies Cafe)
M Bennett (Bake House) Shahid ( Blackwood Mobile Zone)
Melanie Smith (Boho Flame Candle Co) L Davies (Superior Vapour)
S Mcloughlin (Vape For Life) Paula Jones (Amelia's Diner)
Alun Kent (Heart of the Valleys Records) S Cook (Bongo's)
Dawn Tinklin (Dawn's Flowers) Louise Lewis (The Welsh Shop)
Rachael (Aphrodite Beauty ) Andrea Thomas (Absolutely Fabulous)
Sara Lewis ( Kismet Furnishings) Jade Conqueror (Le Cafe)
C Ince (Square Cafe) Nick Davies (Square Cafe)
Leanne Newman-Ford (Shear Devine) Nichola Purnell (Boohoo Baba)
K Sheppard (Stellar Carpet and Flooring) C James (The Cod father)
David Ridley (Ridley Shoe Repairs) Adam Wood (Fixing Up)
K Richardson (Gus Jones Jewellers) Rhian Marenghi (Bliss)
S Gurmin (Savepoint Gaming CIC)Sian Hurley (Dessert Yard)
M Akram (A.S.A) Mark Jones (Blackwood Appliances)
Huw Edwards (Tidals Store Ltd) Karl Burgess (The Plaza Cafe)