Free parking in Swansea city centre is being extended until the middle of August, thanks to the Labour-led administration.
The Labour-led Council has been providing free parking in all city centre car parks since the start of the lockdown in March.
Although many of the travel restrictions have been removed, the council has decided to extend free parking for a further two-week period to help local businesses now that retailers have reopened.
A new discounted parking offer at St David’s Multi Swansea Council is also set to be launched once free parking ends, giving motorists the chance to park for three hours for just £1.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management, said: “People will know we have taken dramatic steps to support local business during the pandemic lockdown, providing over £85m of support in the last four months.
“We recognise the benefit that free parking has brought to the city centre during a very difficult few months. That is why we want to keep the free parking offer in place for a few more weeks and support local businesses.
“Importantly, when fees are reintroduced we will be rolling out a new parking promotion which gives motorists a chance to park for £1 for three hours, and keeps Swansea as one of the cheapest cities to park anywhere in the UK.”
Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) said: “We are delighted to see this very valuable scheme extended into August. It is crucial that all of us with a vested interest in the success of our city centre continues to find creative ways to attract shoppers, visitors and workers back into the heart of Swansea.”
The new parking promotions will start in the city centre from August 15.
Earlier in the year, the council invested £280,000 in its multi storey car parks, replacing outdated payment machines with a new ticketless payment system.
Cllr Thomas added: “The investment we have put into car parks earlier in the year is now making it much easier and inviting for visitors to park and pay.”
Motorists can also choose a new smartphone app called MiPermit to pay for parking at pay & display car parks.