FREE parking will be provided to festive shoppers throughout December.
Warwick District Council is waiving tariffs in all council-owned off-street car parks to coincide with the reopening of town centre businesses following the national lockdown and to support retailers in the run-up to Christmas.
Council business spokesman Richard Hales said: “The latest lockdown has brought even more hardship to many of our town centre businesses, in an extremely challenging year. The council is now doing everything it can to support our local economy during the Christmas period. I very much hope that residents will take advantage of the free parking to do their shopping locally this festive season.”
BID Leamington director Stephanie Kerr welcomed the move. She said: “The recent lockdown has been very difficult, and it is imperative we safely welcome customers and staff back into our town centre in December.
“Free parking in Warwick District Council off-street car parks will enhance the shopping experience, reduce contact between people and machines in car parks, and support customers to easily return to their favourite shops. Accordingly, surface car parks will remain ‘short-stay’ for shoppers, while the multi-storey car parks remain best suited those wishing to park all day.”
Chair of Kenilworth Chamber of Trade Sarah Kershaw added: “The free car parking given by the council earlier in the year was a great success for our town centre, bringing the buzz back after the first lockdown. To repeat this in December will therefore be greatly welcomed by all our local retailers who will be working hard to ensure their customers have a great experience here.”
And chair of Warwick Chamber of Trade, Sue Butcher believes free parking means more people will visit the town.
She said: “Warwick’s many small independent shops and businesses have been hit badly by the latest lockdown, the provision of free parking in our off-street carparks is therefore very much welcomed, particularly at this time. I hope that this will encourage people to come into our town to enjoy the wonderful mix of outlets and the unique Warwick Christmas atmosphere.”