Council to consider free parking for Christmas shoppers

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Members of the Environment, Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee will next week (Wednesday 8 November) consider proposals to offer free Saturday Christmas parking across Council-run car parks in December.

Committee Convener Councillor Colin Stewart, said: “For a number of years the Council has offered visitors to Perth and the surrounding towns free parking in the festive season. This year, in direct response to a request from local traders, we’re looking to focus that offer to free parking on Saturdays throughout December.

“While parking charges in Perth are very reasonable in comparison to our nearest cities and retail centres, free Saturday parking provides an added incentive to residents and visitors, to encourage them to shop local this Christmas.”

Together with existing free Sunday parking, if this proposal is agreed it means visitors can park for free in Council car parks every weekend throughout December.

On-street parking, ie parking bays on a street rather than within a confined car park, are excluded from the scheme as these are intended to offer parking for short-term visitors looking to pop into a nearby shop.

The Perth car parks are: Mill Street; Milne Street; Library East and West; Carpenter Court; Leonard Street; Mill Wynd; West Mill Street; Canal Street; Speygate; Charles Street; Scott Street; Back Wynd; Norrie Miller Riverside Turning-Head; Canal street Multi-storey, (Shopmobility operates from this car park); Thimblerow; South Inch, and Victoria Street.

The promotion would also apply to Council operated car parks in Blairgowrie, Crieff, Dunkeld and Pitlochry town centres.

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