Free parking will be offered in South Somerset District Council car parks in Crewkerne and across the district, in the run up to Christmas. It is hoped the decision will encourage residents to shop locally and give businesses, the majority of which have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, a much needed boost. All car parks will be free from 3 pm on Thursday December 10th until 8 am on Friday December 11th, to support late night shopping. Free parking will also be offered all day and every day, from Thursday December 17th to Thursday December 24th. Although parking fees will be waived during these dates, all other terms and conditions will remain in force.

Council Leader at SSDC, Val Keitch said: “We realise what a tremendously difficult year this will have been for so many of our businesses across all our towns and villages. While we have been doing all we can to offer support, through the distribution of Government grants and dedicated advice, we wanted to ensure we did something extra during what should be the busiest time of the year for our retailers.

“Of course it remains important that shoppers and visitors continue to do all they can to help prevent the further spread of Covid-19 and follow the latest Government guidance with South Somerset currently in Tier 2 of restrictions. We need to work together to both help our local economy while keeping ourselves and everyone safe.” News of the free parking in the run up to Christmas has been welcomed by Crewkerne Town Council and the Crewkerne Business Group.

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