Free parking to be offered across South Somerset this Christmas to support businesses, residents and visitors
Free parking will be offered in all of South Somerset District Council’s car parks in the run up to Christmas.
It is hoped the decision will encourage residents to shop locally and give businesses, the majority of which will have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a much-needed boost.
This is when free parking will apply:
- All car parks will be free from 3pm on Thursday 10 December until 8am on Friday 11 December to support events such as late night shopping.
- Free parking will be offered all day and every day from Thursday 17 December to Thursday 24 December.
- Please note, although parking fees are waived, all other terms and conditions remain in force.
Council Leader Val Keitch said: “We realise what a tremendously difficult year this will have been for so many of our businesses across all our towns and villages.
“While we have been doing all we can to offer support, through the distribution of Government grants and dedicated advice, we wanted to ensure we did something extra during what should be the busiest time of year for our retailers.
“Of course, it remains important that shoppers and visitors continue to do all they can to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and follow the latest Government guidance with South Somerset currently in Tier 2 of restrictions. We need to work together to both help our local economy while keeping ourselves and everyone around us safe.”
South Somerset District Council also continues to offer free car parking to critical key workers.
We would ask anyone who is a critical key worker to ask their employer for a note or use the passes provided by NHS trusts that they can clearly display in their vehicle stating who they work for and we will ensure they do not receive any penalty notices at this time.