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December 2020

Free parking after 3pm on Saturdays

2 December 2020

Mid Sussex District Council is offering free town centre parking after 3pm on Saturdays in the lead up to Christmas.

National lockdown measures will be lifted on Wednesday 2 December and local shops will be allowed to reopen. Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging people to support local shops and is incentivising the use of car parks during quiet periods.

Councillor Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said:

“We always support our local shoppers and traders with discounted parking charges in the run up to Christmas, but the coronavirus pandemic means we’ll be doing things a little differently this year.

“As our local shops have been closed throughout November, the December trading period could be a busy one. We want to encourage shoppers to spread their visits out as much as possible, so we can maintain a Covid-19 secure shopping environment in our town centres.

“The use of our car parks drops dramatically after 3pm in the winter because it starts to get dark and temperatures plummet. So, we’re encouraging more people to shop during this time by offering free parking after 3pm.

“By shopping at a quieter time, not only will you save money, you’ll be helping to spread town centre visits out throughout the day, making it safer for everyone.”

The free parking offer will apply on Saturday 5 December, 12 December and 19 December 2020 in all Mid Sussex car parks. Parking in Mid Sussex is also completely free on Sundays.

Residents who are self-isolating can also support local traders via the Council’s Bringing Christmas home campaign. Unique and amazing Mid Sussex companies have listed their details online at www.midsussex.gov.uk/bringingchristmashome and shoppers can search for special local goodies which are available for home delivery.

For more information about parking across in Mid Sussex visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/parking

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