Buckinghamshire Council is offering free parking in council-run car parks in the run up to Christmas. Nearly all Council car parks in Buckinghamshire will be free on Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December, at this key time in the festive calendar. The Council hopes its free parking offer on these days during the Christmas period will make it easier for you to shop local and support our town centre businesses to enjoy some festive cheer.

The free car parking is on offer on selected dates and times throughout December in council car parks only – please check the council’s website to see when and where this offer is available as the dates do vary between different sites.

Rachael Matthews, Deputy Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration, said:

“The Christmas period is an important time for our local high streets. They rely on the loyalty of local customers to ensure they enjoy a successful festive season, so we want to remind people how important it is to shop local.

“You really don’t need to venture far to get everything you need to enjoy your celebrations and by supporting businesses in your local town or village, you are helping to ensure they can continue to run successfully and add value to your local area which benefits everyone.”

To make it even easier to visit your local high street to do your Christmas shopping, the council is offering free parking in its car parks that support local high streets on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 December. To check which car parks are included visit the council website: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/free-xmas-parking.

Or shoppers can let public transport take the strain by doing their Christmas shopping by bus, taking advantage of the extended £2 cap on single journey bus fares, now extended by the Government until next autumn.

Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport said:

“Whether you choose to travel by car or by bus, you can save money on your journey before you hit the shops. We know many people need a helping hand this Christmas, so the council is playing its part to give communities and high streets a festive boost.”