Tourist numbers driven up in Mendip thanks to free coach parking

An eighteen month free coach parking trial in Glastonbury and Wells has been given the green light to continue.

Wells CathedralCoaches busing in tourists to Glastonbury and Wells will be pleased to hear that Mendip District Council has decided to offer free coaching parking at two locations indefinitely.

Back in April 2018 a trial was set up by the district council to look at the benefits of offering free parking at Northload Street West coach park in Glastonbury and Princess Road in Wells. The trial was intended to run for twelve months, but had a further extension in May 2019 until the end of September 2019.

Following a decision from the council's Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Nick Cottle, the free parking will now continue in Glastonbury and Wells.

The Mendip district is a picturesque area of Somerset well worth a visit, with scenery that ranges from the limestone Mendip Hills to the tranquil Somerset Levels which provide fascinating walks and cycle rides.

With individually distinctive towns and villages, the smallest city in England, areas of outstanding natural beauty, sites of historical significance, and many tourist attractions and events throughout the year, Mendip has something to offer most visitors.

Cllr Cottle, said; "Following informal customer and business feedback, the free parking facility for coaches has seen an increase in tourists and has been positively received by both bus and coach companies as well as the visitors.

"We hope that by fully adopting the free coach parking in the two locations, we will see continual growth in the number of visitors and thus increasing tourism, footfall in the High Streets and use and support of our local businesses."

If you are interested in finding out more about visiting Mendip take a look at the Visit Somerset website  www.visitsomerset.co.uk which provides a wealth of information for visitors and residents, including places of interest, things to do and places to stay.

The Mendip AONB website www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk has all the information you need to make the most of a visit to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

To find out more about parking in Mendip, visit: www.mendip.gov.uk/carpark