Council CUTS parking charges at £15m Smithfield multi-storey

Parking charges have been cut at a £15 million city centre multi-storey car park - from today. The then Tory-run Stoke-on-Trent City Council finally opened the taxpayer-funded Smithfield car park - off Potteries Way, in Hanley - in December 2022.

But the 730-space multi-storey was already losing money after failing to open on time and has not generated as much cash from drivers as the council wanted ever since. It has also been plagued by boy racers keeping residents in the swanky Clayworks flats awake at night.

It did yesterday cost £1.90 for one hour, £3.20 for two hours, £5 for three hours, and £6.30 for four hours to park at the Smithfield car park. But the charges have now been dropped to £1.50 for up to one hour, £3 for two hours, £4.50 for three hours, and £6 for four hours.

Other changes being brought in today include a shake-up of the pricing structure at the Longton Exchange and Commerce Street car parks, in Longton. It will also now cost £9 - up from £8 - for 24 hours' parking at Dimensions Leisure Centre, between Tunstall and Burslem, and at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, in Fenton, from today.

StokeonTrentLive has approached Stoke-on-Trent City Council for a statement following today's changes.

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