Wednesday, 23 November 2011


If you shop local this Christmas, then you can park for free in a council run initiative aiming to encourage people to use their local high streets.

Shoppers can park for free in selected council run car parks at weekends in the run-up to Christmas, starting from this Saturday (26 November) and running up until and including Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve).

The car parks are:
  • Alpha Road, Birchington
  • Vere Road, Broadstairs
  • Harold Road, off Northdown Road, Cliftonville
  • Mill Lane, Margate
  • Cannon Road, Ramsgate

The free parking applies all day on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December, and Saturday 24 December. There is no need to display any form of sticker to benefit from this. However, if these car parks become full and you need to park elsewhere, you will have to purchase a car parking ticket as normal.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: “The council is doing its bit to support local traders in the all-important run-up to Christmas by offering free parking over the weekends between now and the festive period. However, it’s important to note that this doesn’t apply to all council car parks, it’s only the ones listed. If you park anywhere else in Thanet, you will still have to pay and display as normal.

He added: “There is only so much the council can do to help, given the current financial situation we find ourselves in, but we wanted to make a contribution at this busy time of year. Nearly everyone will be heading out Christmas shopping over the next few weeks and it’s the best time to think, shop local and try out your local high street.”

1 comment:

  1. How come all the tdc people get free parking, do they have to pay tax on this benefit, it must cost us the taxpayer thousands, probably £500,000 in lost revenue


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