Conservative Councillors have worked with Herts County Council to successfully defend free parking in the Old Town High Street.
Labour-run Stevenage Borough Council had applied for a sustainable travel scheme which would have removed free parking from the High Street.
Free parking is vital to businesses in the High Street. The introduction of charges could have had a terrible impact on customer numbers.
Cllr Jody Hanafin worked with Cllr Phil Bibby at Herts County Council to ensure that free parking was protected in the High Street.
Cllr Hanafin said: "The removal of free parking posed a threat to the success of our small business owners at a time when many are struggling to recover from the economic effects of COVID-19 and would have been completely unfair. Once again Stevenage Labour have shown themselves to be completely out of touch with Old Town residents."
Cllr Bibby said: "We sensed the outrage of residents and businesses. We have protected free parking along the High Street, recognising the importance this has to the Old Town’s future prosperity and amenity."
It has become clear that the stale Labour Council is out of touch with residents and local businesses. Stevenage needs a Conservative Council which will put local people first.