Cllr Margaret Webster in the free car park, which is lying empty.
JUST why a free car park in the town remains largely unused is baffling an East Cowes councillor.
Cllr Margaret Webster pressed for free parking in the Maresfield Road car park to take the pressure off residential roads in and around the town centre.
She said many visitors to the town were not aware of the car park, which is not clearly signed for public use.
Cllr Webster is asking the Isle of Wight Council for better signs to the car park, which remains empty most of the time.
She said: "Many residents from elsewhere on the Island visit East Cowes to take advantage of our shops, visit friends and family or catch a ferry.
"However, by parking in residential streets, they can cause difficulty for residents, many of whom need to park near their homes due to mobility reasons or having young families.
"I would urge visitors to the boat museum in East Cowes to use this car park. Now that we have this free car park, I would urge and welcome visitors to East Cowes to make full use of it," Cllr Webster added.
"It is empty most of the time and could be put to far better use, to ease the burden on the rest of the town.
"I am pressing for clearer signs and information about the the car park and hope this will help raise awareness."
The Isle of Wight Council offers free parking at its car parks at different times during the week, to support traders. For details visit www.iwight.com