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Falmouth gets free parking for Christmas
7:00am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Cornwall
Residents and visitors to Falmouth will be getting an early Christmas present this year in the form of free car parking on the four late night shopping events in November and December.
The shoppers’ bonus is being funded by Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) and follows on from a similar scheme run in February which saw free parking in designated car parks on Wednesdays throughout that month.
On the night Falmouth’s Christmas lights are switched on on November 28 and then on December 5, 12 and 19 all Cornwall Council-owned car parks plus privately run ones at the Maritime Museum and Custom House Quay will be free after 5pm.
The initiative is being implemented in direct response to feedback from businesses and local residents who have told the BID team that the cost of car parking can affect shoppers’ decision to come into town.
With road closures planned for the late night shopping evenings and a bumper street entertainment and music programme which is being funded by Falmouth BID and Falmouth Town Council, the hope is more people will be tempted into town. Richard Wilcox, BID manager, said: “We have to be as competitive as we possibly can be in order to make our town centre as attractive a proposition as possible for would-be shoppers, whether they are coming from Camborne or Cardiff.
“I’m very pleased to announce the free car parking on our late night shopping to support our businesses in the run-up to Christmas. Furthermore, we will be working in partnership with the Falmouth town manager to offer a fantastic range of activities throughout December and specifically for the late night evenings.
“We will also be managing a traffic-free environment to encourage more street activity and atmosphere.
“In such challenging economic times, the more the BID works with the businesses in the town to make Falmouth even more appealing for a day or evening visit or longer, the better.”
Town manager, Richard Gates added: “With a vibrant events’ calendar that continues to grow year on year, we are always looking to develop various activities such as our Christmas offering.
“This year we will be closing the main streets to traffic in order to bring much more atmosphere to the late night shopping evenings, accompanied by live music and street atmosphere. So what better way to help and encourage people to sample our great town than providing free parking.
“And, because Falmouth Town Council will match-fund the BID contribution towards Christmas activity meaning more events to look forward to, this is another example of great partnership working between the two town organisations.”
* The Cornwall Council car parks free between 5pm and 12.30am on the four evenings will be The Moor, The Quarry, The Dell, Grove Place, Well Lane, Gyllyngvase Beach and Church Street, although vehicles may be restricted from existing this car park because of the street closure.
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