Government cash should be spent on providing free parking in the afternoons to help ‘dying’ Nuneaton and Bedworth town centres.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is gearing up for one of the most important nights of the year – budget setting on Monday, February 15.

Ahead of this, a cabinet meeting was held where the current financial position was discussed and councillor Keith Kondakor urged cabinet members to think about helping the town centres.

“The town totally dies later in the afternoon, even when we are out of lockdown,” Cllr Kondakor said.

“I am quite keen that we spend some of the funding available from the government to help the town recover on reducing parking charges to zero, at maybe 2pm or 3pm, so we flatten the curve of having a really busy town centre at 11am in the morning and absolutely dead at 3pm or 4pm in the afternoon.”

It is not the first time that the issue of the council using some of the £2.5m Addtional Restriction Grant (ARG) money given by the government to cut parking charges.

The opposing Tories at the Town Hall had proposed a rescue package that included free parking back in December.

But this was rejected, in favour of looking at the issue of free parking when restrictions were eased.

This remains the case according to Town Hall leader, councillor Julie Jackson, while the nation remains in lockdown and people are being urged to stay at home.

“We will look at parking once we are in the recovery phase and out of lockdown,” she said.

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