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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Free parking will boost Christmas trade in Cheshire East


Cheshire East Council is scrapping charges at some of its car parks on three of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

A total of 28 Council-owned car parks which are mainly used by shoppers will be free after 10am on December 6, 13 and 20.

And parking will continue to be free after 3pm at another seven car parks where a ‘free after three’ offer is already running.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We believe in putting residents and businesses first, so we have listened to them and to the town councils.  This action will help our town centres to make the most of the Christmas shopping period.” 

Councillor David Topping, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for service commissioning, said: “Scrapping charges on these three days will reduce the cost of Christmas and boost footfall in our town centres. We are pleased to be able to support local residents and businesses in this way and to mark Small Business Day on December 6.”

The Council also plans to roll out its RingGo pay-by-phone system to more car parks to make life easier for people who don’t have the right change or who want to extend their parking time while they are out shopping.

The following car parks will be free to use after 10am on December 6, 13 and 20 (both Saturdays):

MACCLESFIELD: Duke Street; Exchange Street; Churchill Way; Grosvenor Centre; Park Green; Sunderland Street; Waters Green; Town Hall

CREWE: Civic Library; Gatefield; Holly Bank; Delamere Street; Lyceum; Wrexham Terrace

NANTWICH: Snow Hill; Civic Hall; Bowling Green

CONGLETON: Fairground; Back Park Street; Princess Street


KNUTSFORD: Princess Street; Silk Mill Street; King Street

WILMSLOW: South Drive; Hoopers; Spring Street; Rex.

Car parking is ‘free after three’ at another seven car parks and this will continue for the foreseeable future.  The car parks are:

Whalley Hayes, Macclesfield

Oak Street, Crewe

Snow Hill, Nantwich

South Street, Alderley Edge

Back Park Street, Congleton

Spring Street, Wilmslow

Princess Street, Knutsford.

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