TO help shoppers return to high streets across Dorset in the run-up to Christmas shopping, Dorset Council is offering three days of free parking this December.
Town centre car parks across the Dorset Council area will be free on Saturday, December 5, 12 and 19. This includes Small Business Saturday on December 5.
Cllr Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “In response to this year’s exceptional circumstances, to help residents to shop locally and to help boost Dorset’s economy, we’re pleased to offer three days of free parking in towns across the council area.
“With most events cancelled this year, we are pleased to be able to offer town councils additional free parking during valuable prime, retail weekends this December.”
There will be free parking in Dorset Council car parks on Saturdays during December in Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Ferndown, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne.
In the Lyme Regis area this will include Charmouth Road, Holmbush, Cobb Gate and Broad Street (Van Allens) car parks, and Lower Sea Lane car park in Charmouth.
It has not yet been announced whether Lyme Regis Town Council owned car parks will join the scheme, although they have in previous years.
On-street parking charges and private car park charges will still apply. Drivers are encouraged to check signage on machines at each car park to avoid paying unnecessarily.
This special Christmas parking arrangement is for December 2020 only. Car parking charges for future years will be considered as part of the ongoing council car park review – which aims to standardise charges and practices across the whole of the Dorset Council area.
An added bonus to shopping locally is a decrease in air pollution due to fewer vehicle emissions.
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