New parking discs have proved a hit

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HUNDREDS of new parking discs for Bognor Regis town centre have been snapped up.

Motorists are keen to buy the yellow cardboard clocks which entitle them to park for up to two hours for free in three car parks.

The scheme officially starts on January 1 and adds the 201 spaces at Hothamton to the 61 at the Lyon Street and 343 at the Fitzleet sites.

Customers at Polkadot Stripes in the London Road precinct have been eagerly buying the new discs.

Chris Clark, the shop’s joint owner, said he had sold 300 discs in just over the first week.

Mr Clark said: “People are happy the scheme is up and running and that it has been improved with an extra car park. It’s all positive.

“We are competing with other towns. The town where it is the most convenient and cheapest to park will do the best.

“Having free car parking obviously helps. People do say they come from out of town and it has got to bring them in. The more car parks that are free the better.”

Mr Clark said he hoped the shop would go on to match its status as being the biggest seller of discs for the original free parking in the Lyon Street and Hothamton sites.

He sold some 5,000 – one in every three – of the white discs in the past two years.

“It’s mainly the independents who are selling the discs,” he said.

“I’m the independent with the most prominent position, in a central location.”

Discs are available from the following 28 outlets: Tiemo, Sight & Sound, Unique Printing & Embroidery, London Road Coffee Shop, The Galleon, The Lock Centre, Heaps of PCs, Regis Centre. Bognor Regis Observer/visitor information point, Sweet Jar, Little Shop of Secrets, James Jewellers, London Stores, Simply Delicious, World Of Inks, Macaris. Craft & Hobbies, Bognor Office Supplies, Paperback Exchange, JD Jewellers, Keith Jay Ltd, Sussex Camera Centre, Polkadot Stripes, Cash Converters, Appliance Centre, Reynolds, Town Hall.