Parking free for 3 months

FREE weekend parking from November through to the end of January next year.

That is the deal from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which has just announced it is extending its up-to-Christmas free parking scheme to cover the whole of the three months from the first weekend in November to the end of January to help combat difficult trading conditions.

Bridlington Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the change.

Neil Watson, its chairman, said: “I think it is a good idea for these times. Anything which can help retail at this time has to be a benefit.”

Mr Watson was staunchly against the council’s decision to turn the 500-space Moorfield Car Park from a free to a paid-for car park.

“It went from 200 to 300 cars a day to 20 or 30.

“Everyone in Bridlington complains about parking in the town and extending free weekend parking has to be a good thing”, he said.

The concession applies to all the council’s 38 car parks where charges normally apply and to on-street parking.

Parking charges will be suspended from 8am on the Saturday to 8am the following Monday.

Pay and display machines in the council’s car parks and on-street parking locations will be clearly marked to let people know there are no charges for these weekends.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “We know how well received the Christmas period free parking has been and now I am pleased to extend the scheme for the whole of the Christmas and New Year shopping period.

“The council is conscious of the financial pressures people are under at this time and free parking will help lighten their load and encourage everyone who wants to do their shopping in the East Riding.

“The scheme will also be of real and tangible benefit to local businesses which are facing extremely difficult trading conditions. Free weekend parking is a way the council can help fight the economic downturn.”

The council cabinet is set to confirm the free parking proposal at its meeting next Tuesday.

An evaluation will later be carried out to see how successful the extended period of free parking has been.