Shoppers in Wokingham Borough will get an early Christmas present with free parking in the council’s car parks on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas.
Council-owned car parks in towns and village centres across the area will offer this on 5, 12 and 19 December.
The move has proved popular in recent years with traders and shoppers as the council works to support local town centres and encourage residents to shop locally during the festive season.
It’s especially important for communities across the borough to support their local high streets this year, with many independent businesses dealing with disruption due to Covid-19.
Car parks included in this festive offer are:
Polehampton Close, Twyford
School Lane, Wargrave
Shute End, Wokingham
Denmark Street, Wokingham
Easthampstead Road (East and West), Wokingham
Cockpit Path, Wokingham
Headley Road, Woodley
Crockhamwell Road, Woodley
Lytham Road (East and West), Woodley
Former M&S car park/Rose Street car park, Wokingham
Carnival Pool Multi Storey car park, Wokingham
Supporting local businesses
Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer free Saturday parking again this year in the run up to Christmas, with it being especially important to support local shops and traders this year.
“We know our residents want to support businesses in the borough in the run up to Christmas and make the most of the fantastic shops we have to offer, providing parking on these days free of charge helps them to do this.”
Although parking will be free on the three Saturdays before Christmas, maximum stay limits and disabled parking bays will still be enforced and any vehicles breaching these regulations will be subject to the usual Penalty Charge Notices being issued.
It should also be noted that the free parking offer applies only to council car parks, and does not apply to privately managed car parks.