Cornwall Council says 'Merry Christmas' with free parking

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council offers free parking on selected days in car parks across Cornwall.

People will be able to park for free locally on one day selected by their city, town or parish council to support trading in town centres.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “We’re proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. You don’t get that experience shopping online.”

Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “This is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period. We have some fantastic shops, cafes and restaurants across Cornwall and we want to encourage people to take the time to enjoy them.”

Cornwall Council contacted city, town and parish councils to offer the initiative which will result in almost 90 Cornwall Council run car parks, which usually charge for parking, being free for one day.

Many town and parish councils have selected Saturday 1 December as their free parking day to coincide with Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past six years.

Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

A full list of free parking times and places can be found at Cornwall Council's website here.

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