If you go down to the Precinct today you're sure to get a surprise… three of the four Precinct car parks are charging £1.50 for the first two hours, while the other one, on Hankinson Way, is free for the first half hour, and then charges completely different, cheaper rates to the Precinct after that.
What's going on? Salford Council is today due to agree to sell two of its car parks to Salford Shopping Centre - for how much we've no idea as it's all secret, as per usual.
But, before the deal has been authorised, Salford Shopping Centre has branded the two car parks and increased the charges. It already owns the third car park, where the market used to be.
Meanwhile Salford Council has retained ownership of Hankinson Way and is, for the time being, keeping to its pledge made back in May to provide half an hour free parking "to make life a little easier and encourage people to explore our local town centres".
To make life a little more confusing for people wanting to `explore our local town centres', there's now two completely different rates at the car parks…
Hankinson Way Car Park (near the tower blocks) remains Salford Council owned and provides half an hour's free parking, followed by a charge of £1.50 for between 30 minutes and two and a half hours, and £3.50 all day.
The other car parks at Market Way (site of the old market), Pendleton Way (opp new Tesco) and Rossall Way (across the road from the old Tesco) now charge £1.50 for the first two hours, £2.50 two to four hours, £3 four to six hours, and £5 all day.
Confusing? Not as much as the name of the thing you're visiting – Salford Shopping City in massive red letters on the tower block; Salford Shopping Centre in blue on the branding and, as we all know and kind of love, Salford Precinct to everyone else…
Meanwhile, if you're going down the Precinct in a car, head for Hankinson Way…just think what you can buy in Poundworld with the savings!