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Westbury is lucky to have several large car parks near and in the centre of the town.
The three “pay” car parks and one free car park in the town are owned and managed by Wiltshire Council.
There are car parks behind the High Street, in Warminster Road, in Bratton Road, the Market Place and in Westbury Leigh (just on the right after the Hollies Inn).
At a meeting of Westbury Town Council on Monday 4th July 2022, Councillors voted in favour of the Highways, Planning and Development committee’s proposal to reduce parking from two free hours to one free hour in the town’s three central car parks. Wiltshire Council confirmed the revised cost for the town council to provide two hours free parking would increase to £40,000. The town council had set aside £35,000 in the budget to pay for parking and so made the decision to reduce the parking to one-hour free parking at a cost of £31,000. Overall, this decision has saved the taxpayer £9,000 with a budget saving of £4,000 a year (less the cost of signage & reconfiguration of the ticket machines).
Councillors took into account the 667 responses to a recent survey of residents and visitors where a narrow majority of 5% were in favour of the reduction to one hour. It was also noted that encouraging car owners to drive into town ran counter to the Town Council’s commitment to look into ways to address the threat posed by climate change (see White Horse News story January 14, 2020).
Part of the savings made could be put towards investigating the provision of a new electric bus service for the town which will hopefully link the trading estates, the railway station and the health and leisure centres to the centre of town itself.
The two free hours parking will reduce to one-hour free parking in the town centre car parks, High Street, Warminster Road and Bratton Road with effect from 1st August 2022. A one-hour free parking ticket should still be obtained and displayed in vehicles.