Plans to promote Fareham town centre get approval

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FAREHAM is to drop its top parking fee of £25 in a bid to lure more people into the town centre.

The move is one of a raft of actions the borough council will be taking to boost the town over coming months.

The council has a pot of £200,000 after matching the £100,000 it was recently given by the government from its High Street Innovation Fund.

Currently, anyone in a pay-on-foot car park for more than five hours is hit by the ‘punitive’ £25 charge, but this is now set to go before the lucrative Christmas shopping season. Other plans include a new website promoting the whole town centre, improved signas, funding murals, a programme for minor shop front repairs and a scheme to promote new businesses.

Council leader Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘We do need to recognise there are warts, but we also need to there are good things in the town centre and not to talk it down.’