Traders in Heswall have joined forces with Wirral Council to offer discounts on car parking charges for their customers.
Organisations who are members of the Heswall and District Business Association (HDBA) are offering individual cashback deals to customers who spend in their shops or on their services having paid to park in Wirral Council ‘Pay and Display’ car parking spaces.
The Heswall businesses which have signed up the Parking Refund Scheme to date are Principal Pets, Gusto restaurant, Whitmore and White, Revitalaser, Army and Navy Stores and Eye Design Heswall.
Other HDBA members may come on board at a later date. The scheme will officially begin on 26th September to coincide with the Heswall Dog Show and the start of the Heswall Festival.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “It is good to see local businesses coming together and suggesting positive ideas as to how they can work alongside the local authority to offset car parking costs for their customers. By working with traders in this way we are also demonstrating our commitment to delivering on the pledges we have made around helping local businesses to grow over the next five years.”
Abbas Hussain, Heswall & District Business Association Chair and Partner in Principal Pets, added: "We are happy to work with Wirral Council on this pilot scheme to try to encourage customers and potential customers to shop in Heswall. We hope that offering customers and potential customers a reduction - in some cases, a full refund – on the fee they have paid to park in Heswall, will bring some of that lost custom back into the village, where they will benefit from the kind of customer service and attention that local, independent businesses do best."