Free parking bonanza for Christmas shoppers in the East Riding

Residents and visitors preparing for the festive season in the East Riding will be able to park their vehicles free of charge during the four weekends running up to, and including, Christmas.

The popular scheme will apply to all council-run on-street and off-street car parks, with pay and display machines in these locations being clearly marked to let shoppers know there is no charge for the weekends of 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 December, from 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday.

The start of the scheme will once again coincide with Small Business Saturday a national day that aims to promote the importance of small and independent traders.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “Thanks to this authority’s sound financial management, we are able to once again run this very popular scheme which has real and tangible benefits for both local businesses and motorists.

“The East Riding is home to some of the most vibrant and diverse market towns in the country. Suspending parking charges in the run up to Christmas is a practical way to help boost the local economy.”

Maria Kamper, manager of The Promenades Shopping Centre, in Bridlington, said: “What a fantastic opportunity for our community to shop locally and save money on parking, which can be an additional unwanted cost at such an expensive time of year. I’m sure this very positive initiative will be welcomed by shoppers and many businesses across the town too!”

Whilst parking charges are suspended, motorists are advised that normal parking rules still apply, such as those around disabled parking bays, maximum stays and controlled parking zones (CPZ).

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