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Business booming at city centre car parks as shoppers pour in

December 10, 2009 12:06 PM
Cllr Rod Cantrill

Rod Cantrill

Cambridge's city car parks are bursting at the seams as Christmas shoppers pour into the centre.

At times there have been only a few dozen spaces left as figures at one city centre car park jumped by 22 per cent.

Despite the credit crunch, business appears to be booming with all but one of the five major car parks reporting increases.

In the week from November 28, figures at the Queen Anne car park rose by 22 per cent. At the Grafton East car park they were up by 15 per cent and at Grafton West it was a similar story with figures up by eight per cent. The Grand Arcade car park saw a four per cent increase.

Rod Cantrill, Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Customer Services and Resources and a director of Love Cambridge said: "This is excellent news. I am confident that people using the car parks will be supporting the shops, cafes and restaurants in the city centre. Cambridge is seen as an excellent place to shop and I hope this will lead to new businesses coming in."

Sian Reid Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth said "It is good to see that our pricing policies are not deterring visits to the city. We aim to get the car parks used intensively."