Conservative-Independent Coalition at Stoke-on-Trent City Council are giving shoppers a festive treat in the run-up to Christmas with free parking across the six towns.
Parking in all of Stoke-on-Trent’s public car parks will be free after 3pm throughout the whole of December in Fenton, Meir, Tunstall, Hanley, Longton, Burslem, Stoke and Meir, and all day every Sunday (December 6, 13, 20 and 27).
In addition to this, parking will be free after 3pm in each town when it holds its Christmas lights switch-on event. The dates for these are:
Thursday, November 19: Hanley
Friday, November 27: Longton and Burslem
Saturday, November 28: Stoke
Wednesday, December 2: Fenton
Friday, December 4: Meir
Friday, December 11: Tunstall
The car parking fees are being waived in a bid to boost trade by encouraging more people to visit the towns, take part in the fun Christmas celebrations and support businesses. There are more than 2,000 spaces in council car parks across the city centre alone.
Councillor Jack Brereton, Conservative cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We wanted to do something for shoppers and retailers this Christmas, not just in the city centre but across all of our town centres. By making these car parks free at certain times on some of the busiest shopping days of the year, it should give our local economy a very welcome boost.
“I hope the offer of free parking will be an added incentive for people to do their shopping locally and enjoy all of the fun Christmas activities that are taking place, such as the Christmas market in Hanley which starts on November 26 and the Christmas lights switch-on events across the city.
“Because people don’t have to worry about their parking tickets running out, they will be able to spend longer at the shops and make a day and night of it by perhaps going to a restaurant or the theatre in the evening. This should really help the late afternoon and early evening trade.”
The free parking only applies to council car parks. Charges will still apply in pay-and-display on-street parking bays and double yellow lines will still be enforced. Motorists are reminded to continue to park responsibly in car parks at all times.