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Parking pressure at Smaragdplein

Last updated 2 years ago by Michael Darmanin

In an attempt to improve business in the area, the municipality has had to take action. Shop keepers had complained that new paid parking arrangements in adjacent areas had forced drivers to park long term in Smaragdplein and so casual shoppers had no chance to park and explore the shops.

Some retailers feared if the arrangements didn’t change they would face bankruptcy so Utrecht rode to the rescue and will introduce paid parking in Smaragdplein

The municipality of Utrecht will soon introduce paid parking between 6.00 am and 11.00 am on the Smaragdplein

The municipality hope that the balance in parking will be returned and shoppers can get back to normal.

Shop Keepers had seen a decrease in their business and residents had complained because they were inconvenienced by the parking pressure.

I wonder though where residents will be able to park if there are now parking meters along the road. Will they get exemptions? It doesn’t seem to help the situation.

Earlier the municipality proposed that long-term parkers were barred and customers could park on the square of the shopping centre.

What do you think?

As a retailer has this affected your business?

Are parking restrictions the answer?

If you live there, where will you park? Will you have to pay?

Get involved in the conversation.

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If you have an opinion let us know what it is.

Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins
Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.


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