Thursday, 8 December 2011

Come and shop in Northumberland at Christmas

Parking will be free at certain times of the day

Parking in Hexham, Morpeth, Alnwick and Berwick council car parks will be free all day on Sunday 18 December and free between 9 and 11am and 3 and 5pm from Monday 19 to Christmas Eve. This is all part of the councils attempt to help local shops and to encourage people to come and do their last bit of Christmas shopping. Car parks will be clearly marked with the temporary changes. 
Of course parking in Prudhoe town centre (and Ponteland) is already free at all times and I have fought hard to keep it that way so you can take your time even more in Prudhoe!

This is a foretaste of the shoppers permit that all residents will be able to apply for next year, which will offer all residents a free permit to park for free between 9-11 and 3-5 in all our main towns that charge for parking. This scheme has worked well in Morpeth and encourages people to shop when the car parks and shops are a bit quieter. It also means that spaces are not clogged up with shop workers parking all day for free stopping customers get a space.

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