Extra free on-street car parking is being created in Stourbridge in a bid to support traders and shoppers in the town centre.
Dudley Council bosses have announced plans to create the additional spaces in the Lower High Street to increase parking for people using the town.
A total of 20 angled car parking spaces will be created on the right hand side of the Lower High Street to mirror the style of parking already being used on the other side of the road.
Council transport bosses anticipate the move will approximately double the number of cars able to park for free for one hour along the stretch of road.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transportation, said:
“Dudley Council is the only council in the Black Country and one of a small number of towns and cities across the country that does not charge to park on any of its public roads. We hope this free parking supports local businesses so we are always looking at ways to maximise the free on-street parking that we can offer.”
Councillor Pete Lowe, deputy leader of Dudley Council, said:
“One of our key priorities is to support the economic growth of the borough and support businesses. We are sure these additional car parking spaces in Stourbridge will be welcomed by traders and shoppers in the town.”
Free parking is on offer throughout High Street, Lower High Street and Market Street in Stourbridge, in addition to three hours free parking on offer at the 550-space Tesco car park in the town.
Work to create the additional parking spaces will be carried out during off-peak hours through the next week and will be ready for use by Monday August 25.