Plaid Cymru councillor fears businesses in Caerphilly town centre may suffer unless limited stay is introduced at the Twyn car park.
St Martin’s ward councillor James Fussell, who represents the town centre, said he welcomed a decision today by the council’s Cabinet to extend free parking for another 12 months.
But, he says, the Twyn car park is already full by 9am, meaning that shoppers and visitors can’t find any space.
Plaid Cymru Councillor James Fussell said: “If the intention is to regenerate the top of town then it's not meeting the need and forces people to park either in limited parking bays in town, at Morrisons or in Crescent Road.
“The new ticket machines installed are not flexible enough, even though only bought in spring of 2021, to introduce a limited two-three hour stay that would work for shoppers, residents and businesses.
“The problem was known to officers of the council and yet a £300,000 purchase order went ahead for new equipment that cannot offer simple ‘free 2-3 hour tickets’, other councils can do this, including our neighbours in Cardiff.
“As a concession, the Cabinet added a further recommendation to specifically look at the provision at the Twyn car park and report back following discussion with the St Martin’s councillors Councillor Colin Elsbury, Council Steve Kent and myself. This is with a view that a change to the Twyn car park could be implemented even during the next 12 months.
“The fear is that struggling businesses cannot survive if this car park is not able to be used for casual shopping, especially in the colder winter months,” added Councillor James Fussell.