Following its decision to grant planning permission for Wilson Bowden's retail-led Silk Street development in Macclesfield, Cheshire East Council has approved £500,000 of public realm improvements.
The money will be used to repair and replace signage and streetscape in Chestergate, the Silk Heritage Centre, and introduce a free parking scheme after 3pm.
The budget approval follows work already carried out in Macclesfield town centre in which market canopies were repaired and upgraded, paving in Market Place and St Michael's Church yard was upgraded and repaired and the church wall, railings and gates were renovated.
Council leader Cllr Michael Jones said the Free after Three car parking scheme will be introduced in the Whalley Hayes car park, which contains 258 spaces and three disabled bays. More details of this scheme will follow at a later date.
Cllr David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: "The Free after Three scheme will be on a trial basis and on the one car park in Macclesfield. This will be with a view to extending to other towns. We believe this will provide a boost to businesses and encourage visitors and support the town centre."