Humbug! Sheffield council undecided on free Christmas parkings

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Sheffield Council has not decided yet whether it will offer free parking in the city centre in the run-up to Christmas.

The matter is still under consideration, a spokesman said.

The council has previously offered free parking after certain times on some days, to encourage more people to shop and visit the centre, boosting businesses.
Rotherham Council has confirmed car parking will be free in all council-run off-street car parks and on-street parking bays each Saturday from today, up to and including December 27.

Coun Colin Ross, leader of Sheffield’s Liberal Democrat opposition councillors, said: “Labour councillors in the Town Hall should find some Christmas cheer and confirm that Sheffield will be offering free parking this year without delay.

“The council recently spent £300,000 painting private shops various shades of pink in Darnall, so there is the money available.

“If Rotherham can do it, why can’t Sheffield?”

In Rotherham, the free parking is aimed at giving the town centre a boost and helping more people to discover its ‘hidden retail gems’.

The council says it was praised by retail guru Mary Portas during her recent visit to the town.

Karl Battersby, strategic director of environment and development services, said: “We’re hoping that the success story that is Rotherham town centre will gain even more support with the free Saturday parking and even more people will discover just why Mary Portas said our shops were ‘better than some in the heart of London’.”

Maximum stay restrictions will remain in force on the Saturdays when parking is free in Rotherham to ensure spaces are available for shoppers.