Shoppers in Deal will be able to park for free this Christmas. Dover District Council is encouraging people to show their support for High Street shops and small businesses with free parking in its car parks for Small Business Saturday on Saturday 3rd December 2016, and for two weeks over the key Christmas trading period from Monday 19th December 2016 to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.
Parking charges will still apply in the Sainsbury’s Car Park in Deal, and at the Co-op (St Ethelburga’s and Park Street Car Parks) in Deal. All other parking restrictions, like yellow lines will continue to be enforced throughout the district. On-street parking charges will also be lifted.
With many retailers now gearing up for the festive season, DDC wants more people to recognise the value, quality and choice that local, independent traders provide. Cllr Nigel Collor, DDC portfolio holder for access, said:
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our town centre in Deal and we know how important this time of year is for independent traders on the high street. We hope that people working in the town will park where they usually do to allow customers to take advantage of this offer of free parking, and that this initiative goes some way to promoting increased trade in our town centres.“