Glastonbury Abbey – Silver Street Car Park
We are really disappointed that inaccurate comments about the abbey and our car park are circulating on Social Media and would like to clarify the situation.
Glastonbury Abbey has always owned the land in Silver Street used as a car park by Mendip District Council until mid-November 2018. A car park will remain here as the abbey is aware of the need for parking in the town for both local people and the thousands of visitors who come to Glastonbury each year.
The abbey is a charity and needs to ensure it has income to maintain and conserve the ruins for future generations, however, it also wants to offer an affordable service to the town.
Unfortunately we had very little notice that the car park was to be handed back to us when it was and we decided to enable free parking to the town from 22 November until 10 December as the infrastructure had been removed; we did this without fanfare but to benefit local people. We also ensured parking remained free until after Small Business Saturday on 1 December 2018.
We have also looked at other charges across the town and felt that we should reduce our annual permits by 44 per cent to £350 a year. We are pleased that this has been welcomed by the traders who have renewed with us. The offer remains open to all. We also introduced a charge for nine hours parking of £5, which compares to £5.90 and £10 elsewhere in the town; with the aim of encouraging visitors to stay longer in Glastonbury.
We are also pleased to offer the town free parking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and would be delighted if other traders would let us know what services/products they will be offering visitors free this Christmas so we can promote those too.
Added: 14th December 2018