Festive free parking to boost Christmas shopping

Echo: Festive free parking to boost Christmas shopping Festive free parking to boost Christmas shopping

TRADERS are hoping for a bumper shopping day after car parking charges were scrapped and events put on to lure Christmas bargain hunters.

Seven car parks across Southend will be offering free parking on Saturday, December 7, while a host of events are taking place including a Victorian Christmas spectacular in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff.

The event is part of Small Business Saturday, a scheme encouraging people to shop locally and support traders.

Garry Lowen, owner of the Gleneagles Guest House in Clifftown Parade, Southend, said: “We’re all hoping it will bring more customers in.

“People like to talk about small businesses bringing us out of the economic crisis and this can be a part of it.”

Car parks in Ilfracombe Avenue and North Road, both in Southend, Hamlet Court Road and Ceylon Road in Westcliff, Elm Road and North Street in Leigh and Thorpe BayBroadway, will all be free on the day.

Twenty-five businesses in Leigh will be offering discounts.

Hamlet Court Road’s Victorian Christmas will feature live performances, a Santa’s grotto, a Christmas market, food and other activities from 2pm to 8pm.

Perry Mountford, general manager of the Hamlet Court pub, said: “It’s great car parking is free, if it will help more people visit the area.

“The road here is going to be closed and have stalls in it.

It is going to be a great day and it is about building awareness of Hamlet Court Road and our great businesses here.”

All car parks run by Southend Council are free on Thursdays after 4pm and all day on Sundays throughout December.

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1:17pm Mon 2 Dec 13

j-w says...

Saw this headline the other day on the news stands nice to see it is still wrong. "Festive Free Parking" Implies that when you park there are no Christmas decorations or celebrations in any car parks, "Free Festive Parking" is much better.
Saw this headline the other day on the news stands nice to see it is still wrong. "Festive Free Parking" Implies that when you park there are no Christmas decorations or celebrations in any car parks, "Free Festive Parking" is much better. j-w

2:29pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

j-w wrote:
Saw this headline the other day on the news stands nice to see it is still wrong. "Festive Free Parking" Implies that when you park there are no Christmas decorations or celebrations in any car parks, "Free Festive Parking" is much better.
Get a life mate.
Shame the big town centre car parks are still charging
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: Saw this headline the other day on the news stands nice to see it is still wrong. "Festive Free Parking" Implies that when you park there are no Christmas decorations or celebrations in any car parks, "Free Festive Parking" is much better.[/p][/quote]Get a life mate. Shame the big town centre car parks are still charging Nowthatsworthknowing

2:47pm Mon 2 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

would really like to see Free all day Thursdays in December and not just 2 hours worth AND from The Royals also....if they really want to boost trade they could.
would really like to see Free all day Thursdays in December and not just 2 hours worth AND from The Royals also....if they really want to boost trade they could. DogsMessInLeigh

4:22pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

Gone is the fun of Christmas shopping when you are given limited time for free parking. Lazy on line shopping you get free parking all the time and can do your shopping at two in the morning if you want. High Streets need to be more user friendly
Gone is the fun of Christmas shopping when you are given limited time for free parking. Lazy on line shopping you get free parking all the time and can do your shopping at two in the morning if you want. High Streets need to be more user friendly Tich25

6:21pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Nope, Rayleigh High Street (as I can walk there in minutes) and the internet will do me fine thanks.
Nope, Rayleigh High Street (as I can walk there in minutes) and the internet will do me fine thanks. Kim Gandy

11:02pm Mon 2 Dec 13

nataliedawn68 says...

I'd drive to Lakeside and park all day for free everyday on principle. Give something back to Thurrock council as Southend don't seem too interested in me spending my wages here!
I'd drive to Lakeside and park all day for free everyday on principle. Give something back to Thurrock council as Southend don't seem too interested in me spending my wages here! nataliedawn68

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