It’s good to see a local council showing some sense in introducing free parking days to help local shops/businesses which have an increasing struggle in competition with online shops. People are far more likely to spend time in town if parking is free.
So, Torridge and various Town Councils in north Devon will once again be supporting local businesses and shoppers with free parking days in Council Car Parks in the run-up to Christmas. In addition to the many other dates announced, Torridge will be participating in the national “Small Business Day” event on Saturday 1st December, by providing free parking in all public car parks for the whole day from 8 am to 6 pm (from 10 am in Bideford). The small business day campaign is now in its sixth year and the Council hopes that the focus will encourage people to shop locally and support the many small businesses that help keep the high streets thriving as a place to visit, shop and eat.
Councillor Bob Hicks – Lead Member for the Economy said:
“I hope the free parking days announced for this year will once again encourage people to get out and about and support our small businesses across the District. Collectively they are a vital part of our economy and employ many people and support many families. As well as this many offer something a little bit different for shoppers and it’s a great opportunity to find a gift for Christmas or other special occasions. There’s also an abundance of small cafes and restaurants to keep food lovers happy as well.”
All TDC Car Parks
Free Parking in All Torridge District Council Car Parks 8 am – 6 pm (10 am Bideford)
Sunday 2nd December Christmas Lights Switch on, The Quay & The Manor car parks will be closed from 6 pm the previous evening in order to allow set up on the Sunday for the evening light switch on. There will be free parking in Bridge Street and The Pannier Market, courtesy of Bideford Town Council, from 10 am on the 2nd of December.
Saturday 8th December, Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December Free parking from 10 am in Bridge Street, The Pannier Market, The Pill, The Quay & The Manor. Courtesy of Bideford Town Council.
Saturday 8th December, Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December Free parking Sydney House car park 8 am – 12 noon (this car park is free from 12 noon on a Saturday), courtesy of Torrington Town Council.
Monday 24th December Free parking all day in Sydney House & Barley Grove car parks, courtesy of Torrington Town Council.
Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December Free parking in Holsworthy Manor Car Park 8 am – 12 noon (this car park is free from 12 noon on a Saturday), Courtesy of Holsworthy Town Council.
Monday 24th December Free parking all day in Holsworthy Manor car park courtesy of Holsworthy Town Council.