Free parking for Christmas shoppers in Stone and Stafford

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Shoppers will be able to park for free in Stone and Stafford town centres on two key Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.

Parking charges have been waived for Stafford Borough Council car parks from 1pm

on Saturday 10 December and from the same time the following week on
17 December.

The free parking period applies to all car parks in Stone and Stafford town centres except the Riverside and Waterfront car parks in Stafford.

The free parking offer aims to encourage more people to shop in both town centres to boost trade for local businesses over the festive season.

As well as a huge range of independent and big name stores in Stafford town centre and great places to grab a drink and a bite to eat, there is a festive farmers’ market on Saturday 10 December in Market Square and a craft fair on the same day in the Indoor Market.

On Saturday 17 December, meanwhile, there is a big Christmas Food, Drink and Craft Market in Market Square and festive storytelling and workshops for children in the Indoor Market.

Stone town centre also has a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. The town holds its monthly craft and collectibles market in the High Street on Saturday 17 December, a chance to snap up some unique Christmas gifts.

Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said:

“Whether people are shopping for gifts, festive food and drink or going for a seasonal lunch, they can do so and not have to pay to park on these two afternoons. Both town centres have so much to offer and I urge people in the Borough to shop local for Christmas this year.”

Chris Lewis, Stafford Town Centre Partnership chairman, added:

“We need to utilise these opportunities and work together to keep our town centre moving forward. It is partnership working such as this that will help make our town attractive to residents, visitors and potential investors.”

Most borough council car parks offer cash free parking throughout the year so visitors to the town centres can pay for their parking using their mobile phones, and top it up without having to return to their cars.

Details of where to park in Stafford and Stone town centres can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/carparks.

More information on where and how you can use cash-free parking is available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/cash-free-parking