Free town parking on select Saturdays this December

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 November 2020

FREE PARKING is being reintroduced in December in five of Hinckley’s popular town centre car parks for a total of three Saturdays before Christmas in the run up to the holiday.

Hinckley town centre (Vaughan Moore for The Hinckley Free Press)

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have made the decision to make parking free for drivers in five select car parks near and around Hinckley town centre from 9am on Saturday 5 December, Saturday 12 December, and Saturday 19 December, as the town heads out of the national English lockdown into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

Avid shoppers and town-goers who will be visiting Hinckley’s high street to shop for gifts for the holiday season will be able to park in the following car parks for free:

  • St. Mary’s Car Park on Station Road near Hinckley Leisure Centre
  • Trinity Lane East Car Park opposite Domino’s Pizza on Rugby Road
  • Castle Car Park on Hill Street
  • Lower Bond Street Car Park opposite The Atkins Building
  • Church Walk Car Park opposite Piggy’s Hollow Café

In addition to these five car parks serving shoppers with free parking on the aforementioned Saturdays in December from 9am, shoppers can park for free in North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire (NWSLC)’s Hinckley College Campus car park before Christmas.

The car park, which is directly behind the Atkins Building, can be accessed from Druid Street.

The Borough Council agreed to repeat the popular offer this year as a ‘thank you’ to Hinckley shoppers for their loyalty during what has been a ‘very challenging’ year for both shops and businesses, and to increase trade.

A similar free-parking scheme went ahead back in mid-October after being approved by Councillors and Council Bosses as a part of Hinckley Bid’s ‘Shop Half-Term’ event.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have reminded shoppers that parking is free after 3pm every day in Trinity Lane East, Castle and Lower Bond Street car parks, as well in all Council run car parks on Sundays throughout the year.

Council Leader comments

In a statement, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Leader, Stuart Bray, said:

“It has never been more important for us to support our local businesses. This year, more than ever, we’re urging everyone to stay safe and shop local. 

“With that in mind we’re not only offering free parking on our five most popular car parks on Saturdays and all council car parks on Sundays but also after 3pm every day in three car parks to help to people to shop at quieter times through the week. 

“For businesses emerging from the second national lockdown, shopping local for food and gifts will be a very welcome boost, so please love local and shop local this Christmas.”

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