Selby District Council has announced it is offering free parking on Saturdays throughout December at all of its pay and display car parks to support local businesses.
There will be free parking in the build up to Christmas on Saturday 2, 9, 16 and 23 December and after Christmas on Saturday 30 December. Christmas is an important time of the year for local businesses and the District Council is supporting the community by offering free parking in the busy period building up to Christmas.
Selby District Council Leader Cllr Mark Crane said, “December is an incredibly busy month for our local businesses. It is important that the council helps support local business by encouraging residents to shop locally and to encourage more shoppers to the district. Practical support like this is part of our wider objective to support growth and jobs, and to make the Selby district a great place to do business.”
The free parking will include supporting the nationwide Small Business Saturday initiative, which encourages people to shop local, on Saturday 2 December. Selby District Council has also been working with local businesses to support the launch of the Selby District Savers Cards, which offer a variety of discounts and offers for local shoppers. If you have not collected yours yet, look for out for posters and cards displayed in participating stores and pick one up to take advantage of the fantastic offers.
Local businesses have backed the news. Jason, from Mollie Sharp’s Cheese Shop, commented, “We think it is fantastic news and will allow shoppers to spend more time doing their Christmas shopping with local businesses, worry free of car parking charges, help support the local economy and makes Selby the place to live, work and shop.”
Richard Schofield, from Heaven and Home, added, “The five weeks of free parking on Saturdays will be such a tremendous boost for Selby's retail sector, particularly alongside the recent shop local, Small Business Saturday and 12 Days of Christmas initiatives. With the launch coinciding with the Christmas lights switch on and Christmas market I think it is most important that the people of Selby district get behind it and support the town. We are very proud of our large and diverse number of small independent shops where people can buy something really different from the norm. So this Christmas, park for free, shop local, enjoy the lights, and help our beautiful town survive in these difficult times.”
Mark Wetherell, from Wetherells Department Store, added, That is great news. This will assist the businesses within Selby town centre to compete with the out of town centres around the district and encourage customers from near and far to enjoy the superb products and services on offer in Selby by all our truly independent retailers and caterers.”