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Parking 'offers scheme' to boost footfall

John Doherty, vice chair of the Torquay Town centre Partnership

The Breeze understands a new discounted shopping scheme will start in Torquay this week.

It sees retailers offering discounts to shoppers who can show a valid parking ticket.

It aims to increase the number of people using the town centre and support local traders.

John Doherty, vice chair of the Torquay Town centre Partnership, said: "Footfall is dropping in the town centre.

"It's dropping year on year hugely.

"in 2016-17 footfall in our car parks dropped by three per cent.

"The following year, I had half the year's figures, and it dropped by nine per cent.

"This year it has dropped a further 16 per cent in January and February."

Click play to hear Mr Doherty speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

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