Shropshire Council

Free parking - 3 December 2020 until 17 January 2021

24 November 2020 Last updated at 08:57

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Parking will be free from 11am to 6pm in all Shropshire Council car parks from 3 December (2020) to 17 January (2021), to provide the county’s town centre traders with a welcome boost once the current lockdown ends.

It’s hoped that the free parking – which will be available every day from 11am to 6pm – will encourage people to visit local businesses in the run up to Christmas and in the post-Christmas period.

And with social distancing measures in the county’s town centres set to be in place from 3 December, visitors will also be able to visit towns safely, as well as for free.

Charges will apply between 8am and 11am each day, and people paying to park during these hours are encouraged to pay by app, text or phone using MiPermit, to avoid having to queue at, or touch, a pay and display machine.

On-street parking charges will remain so that the parking bays can be used for those needing to use the 15 minutes’ ‘pop and shop’ free parking, and to provide short-stay and easy access to essential services in the town centres – especially for those who find it difficult to walk significant distances.

Parking is already free in all surface car parks after 6pm and, under this offer, Raven Meadows multi-storey will also remain free after 6pm and overnight.

The free parking offer doesn’t include Prees Heath HGV Coach and Car Park, Crossways HGV Coach and Car Park in Church Stretton, the car parks at The Moors and Castlefields near The Mere in Ellesmere, and the Severn Valley Country Park car parks at Alveley and Highley.

The 11am threshold is to ensure the focus is on supporting town centre visitors, rather than workers, and to help avoid congestion at peak times.

Car park locations and all other parking-related information is available elsewhere on these pages.

Further information

There is no refund or extensions on season and resident permits as these are already significantly discounted on daily charges.

If lockdown is extended beyond 2 December, these plans will be reviewed.