VOTE: Do you think the £1 parking disc is a welcome development for Bognor Regis?

This is the passport to payment-free parking for motorists in Bognor Regis.

The disc will enable drivers to forget charges for stays of up to two hours whenever they use two town centre car parks.

The discs go on sale tomorrow ready for the free parking in the Fitzleet multi-storey car park and Lyon Street to begin next Thursday.

They will be available from 23 outlets around the town – including the Bognor Regis Observer office/ self-serve visitor information point on the Place St Maur – for £1 each.

Those stocking the discs include Sight & Sound opticians in the High Street.

Manager Penny Shrubb said: “We have been waiting a long time for free parking in Bognor.

“Our customers need two hours so they can come in without having to worry about paying parking charges.

“I hope the free parking will encourage everyone to come into the town to spend two hours here rather than going to Littlehampton or elsewhere. It will give them the chance to do their banking and go to the shops.”

The free parking is a joint initiative between Arun and Bognor councils. The campaign to put Bognor on a par with Littlehampton has been extensively reported in the Observer during the past year and the scheme’s imminent arrival is being seen as a boost to Bognor.

Arun’s leader Gillian Brown said: “I’m delighted that we are able to launch this offer of free parking in Bognor.

“It is a great example of the benefits of working together and I hope that it is embraced fully by local residents and visitors to the town.

“While it’s come just in time for the festive season, it is an offer that will last all year.”

Cllr Paul Dendle, Arun’s cabinet member in charge of parking, said: “With easy transport routes plus free parking, it really does give the town that added attraction to shoppers and visitors and with fuel costs rising, there is no better reason than to come to Bognor town centre and shop locally.”

Each disc must be clearly displayed by a motorist with their time of arrival. The discs are being made available early to enable motorists to benefit from free parking from the first day.

But they will clearly be stamped as not valid until December 1. Anyone trying to use one before then will receive an excess charge ticket.

A shoppers’ guide about the free parking will be available from next weekend.

Members of the public with questions should contact the town council on 01243 825535.