All council run car parks across the Borough will be free on Thursdays after 4pm for late-night shopping and all day on Sundays until Christmas.
The free Christmas parking offer will start on Thursday 3 December and runs up to and including Thursday 24 December. In previous years the festive offer has only applied to car parks in Southend town centre, but in order to support all local businesses this festive season, the council has decided to expand the scheme across the Borough.
The offer applies to council run ‘off-street’ car parks, but not ‘on-street’ parking bays. A list of council car parks is available on our website.
Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport said: “The Christmas period is important for local traders and that is why we are keen to once again offer our free festive parking on Thursday evenings and Sundays. This offer has proven very popular in recent years and I am pleased to be able to offer this once again and also extend it to all council owned car parks across the Borough.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind all residents and visitors to enjoy the Borough safely by adhering to the current regulations and restrictions whilst doing their festive shopping. Following the Government announcement that non-essential shops will reopen this week, it’s important that whilst we support our businesses and help boost the local economy, we all continue to work together to reduce the spread of the virus.
“I hope this offer will attract both residents and visitors to the town for their Christmas shopping to help local retailers enjoy a bountiful Christmas after the challenging year we have faced.”