Car park charges have been slashed at a shopping centre following a new company taking over the parking provision.
Earlier today we reported on the Christmas Miracle of free parking, plus the rumour of a takeover. Since then we have been told Secure Parking are replacing Vinci and tickets have been drastically reduced by between 55% and 38% at Eagles Meadow in Wrexham town centre. Among the changes is a new one hour rate of £1 for people who just need to pop there for a quick visit.
The two hour rate has been cut from £3.10 to £1.50 while the three hour charge is down from £4.40 to £2, with a reduction in the four hour fee from £5.60 to £3.50. Meanwhile, the evening rate has been reduced from £2.50 to £1.50 for people going to the cinema, tenpin bowling or to eat at one of the centre’s restaurants.
The change has come about because the lease held by car park operators Vinci has been terminated by mutual agreement and another company has taken it over.
The new operators are multi-national car park specialists Secure Parking who have more than a million car parking spaces in 11 countries world-wide. The change in ownership makes Eagles Meadow their first car park in Wales.
Guy Watson, Secure Parking’s UK General Manager, has said “Secure Parking are delighted to add the Eagles Meadow car park to our growing list of first class parking facilities.
“We are looking forward to working with the Eagles Meadow centre management to ensure the shopping centre remains a key retail offering within Wrexham.”
Car parking in Wrexham Town Centre has long been a controversial subject – with an increase in ticket prices by 25% introduced to the car park back in 2014.
This morning indicated changes were on the way for the town centre car park – which is today offering shoppers a festive treat of free parking.
The announcement has been hailed by centre manager Kevin Critchley as “a fantastic early Christmas present” for shoppers.
Mr Critchley said: “I am overjoyed that our shoppers are now able to enjoy dramatically reduced rates for parking at Eagles Meadow.
“The new rates compare favourably with the charges in other car parks in town. This is great news for everybody concerned – our shoppers, our stores and our leisure outlets. Everyone’s a winner.
“In conjunction with the managing agents JLL, the landlords have continued to work on improving Eagles Meadow as they had promised when they purchased the shopping centre in April this year and this is another positive step which will help the centre continue to thrive and prosper.”