Free festive parking across Mendip!

Christmas has come early for shoppers, visitors and businesses in Mendip this year.

Mendip District Council's Cabinet has agreed to once again to provide free car parking in the run up to Christmas and on New Year's Day.

Free Christmas parking has been running for many years and will include all of the council's pay and display car parks.

There is a slight change to the offering this year in order to benefit the towns running Mendip Christmas Markets.

As in previous years car parks across Mendip will suspend charges with the free period starting on Wednesday 19 December and will last until Monday 24 December in Frome, Glastonbury, Street and Wells. This will allow people attending the Wells Christmas Market to benefit from free parking in the City.

Shepton Mallet will benefit from free parking earlier in the month to coincide with the new Christmas Market in the town. Shepton Mallet car parks will be free from 14 December to 20 December.

The aim of offering the free parking in the run up to Christmas is to encourage shoppers to spend their money in the district's many and varied businesses during the Christmas period and to benefit those planning a visit to the Wells or Shepton Mallet Christmas Market.

However, the council is warning shoppers that the time restrictions will still be enforced in areas where parking is only allowed for a specified time.

Motorists are advised to check price boards in car parks for restrictions. These time restrictions will remain in place to ensure that everyone has a fair chance of benefiting from free parking. 

Those visiting Wells are also reminded that during the Wells Christmas Market there will be no parking at Wells Market Place for the duration of the market, parking at the market place will re-open on 24 December, where the one hour maximum stay limit will still be in place.

Cllr Tom Killen, Mendip District Council's Deputy Leader, said: "We really want to support Christmas shopping in Mendip and support the markets that are taking place in both Wells and Shepton Mallet.

"The aim of the free Christmas parking scheme is to help encourage shoppers into Mendip and spread trade across the day, we hope that residents and visitors take advantage or this gesture and support our local businesses."

Paul Manning, Chairman of Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce, said: "Glastonbury has a reputation as a town where you can buy something different. It is a great place to get an unusual Christmas gift and the Chamber of Commerce are delighted that we are going to have free parking in the run up to Christmas"

For more information on Mendip car parks please visit our website www.mendip.gov.uk or contact Customer Services on 0300 303 8588