Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange shopping centre unveils new parking charges

The MIddleton Grange multi-storey car park and H&M car park.

The MIddleton Grange multi-storey car park and H&M car park.

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Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange shopping centre introduces new parking tariffs from today.

The centre is offering free parking after 3pm starting today – and centre bosses are keen to stress it is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Middleton Grange.

Mark Rycraft, manager of Middleton Grange.

Parking used to be free after 4pm but centre managers have agreed the change in an effort to encourage more people to shop at Middleton Grange, including parents on the school run.

New tariffs of £1 for every two hours before 3pm also come into effect on Saturday, April 1.

“This is no parking prank,” said Middleton Grange manager Mark Rycraft.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers more cost-saving opportunities at the centre.

We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers more cost-saving opportunities at the centre

Mark Rycraft

“We have worked with Hartlepool Borough Council to make sure our free parking after 3pm offers our shoppers an extra hour a day of free parking.

“Alternatively, if they wish to visit the centre earlier in the day then they will make a saving of 70p if they choose to stay for two hours as the current tariff will be reduced from £1.70 to £1.

“And of course, shoppers will still be able to enjoy the centre’s free parking on Sundays.”

The new parking tariffs apply to the H&M, multi-storey and basement car parks.