Town centre hoping for festive parking boost

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BOSSES are hoping to use free parking as an incentive to bring more shoppers into Doncaster over the sales period this Christmas.

Officials at Doncaster Council say free festive parking will make life easier for motorists.

Parking will be free in all council-operated car parks and at on-street pay and display bays in Doncaster town centre during the Bank Holidays.

Bosses at the authority are emphasising that will mean 100 hours of free parking over the Christmas and New Year period.

They claim the move should make it easier for motorists to park and stick to regulations – for example steering clear of loading bays and double yellow lines.

Charges at council-operated car parks and at on-street pay and display bays in Doncaster town centre finish at 6pm on Christmas Eve and start again at 8am on Thursday, December 27.

The charges finish at 6pm on New Year’s Eve before starting again at 8am on Wednesday, January 2.

The dates include sales days and town centre managers are hoping it will make the town centre more attractive to shoppers.

The Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “We want people to enjoy everything Doncaster has to offer over Christmas and New Year and this free parking will help people to do that.”

But not all the borough’s publicly-owned car parks will be open during the free parking periods

The Colonnades underground car park on Duke Street, closes at 4pm on two days.

It will be open between 8am and 4pm on Christmas Eve and on Monday, December 31.

The multi-storey car park in Mexborough will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The post Christmas sales are traditionally the busiest of the year.

Retail bosses hope the shops in Doncaster town centre will be packed with thousands bargain hunters who will give the local economy a much-needed boost.