Free parking for Christmas shoppers

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CHRISTMAS shoppers can benefit from free car parking in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres.

Wigan Council has once again introduced the free periods to support local retailers and businesses as well as shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

We hope people take advantage of it and have an enjoyable time getting those special gifts for the festive period in Wigan and Leigh town centres

Coun David Molyneux

The offer includes:

Free parking after 3pm available now until Saturday 9th January in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh. This includes The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks.

Free Sunday parking on all the council operated car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres, from Sunday 15th November to 10th January

Free late night parking on Thursdays until 9pm on The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks from Thursday 12th November through to Thursday 17th December and free parking for the whole of Boxing Day Saturday 26th December.

Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Our town centres are the perfect places for Christmas shopping with a wide variety of big high street names and independent outlets as well as our popular and friendly markets.

“We know shoppers appreciate parking for free while they shop so we have once again introduced the free after 3pm car parking sessions.

“We hope people take advantage of it and have an enjoyable time getting those special gifts for the festive period in Wigan and Leigh town centres.”

The free parking sessions will be in place for Wigan Santa’s Parade which takes place on Sunday 15th November at 1pm in Mesnes Park.

The Leigh lights switch-on takes place on Thursday 19th November from 4.30pm to 7pm and the Leigh Santa parade takes place on Saturday 21st November at 3.30pm in and around the Spinning Gate shopping centre.

Car parks taking part in the free sessions include:

Wigan: Water Street MSCP, Galleries MSCP, Sovereign Road, Peppermill Lane, Wilton Street, Chapel Lane, Mona Street, Pennyhurst, Haig Street, Trencherfield Mill.

Leigh: Spinning Gate, The Town Hall Leigh, Doctors Nook, Lord Street, The Railway Arches, Church Street.

Please note the Civic Centre Car Park and On Street Pay & Display bays are not included in the free after 3pm offer. On Street Pay & Display parking is free on Sundays.

Vehicles entering before 3pm will still have to pay or risk being issued a penalty charge notice.

Harrogate Street Car park is free after 3pm except for Premier Inn Hotel Customer Parking. Tariff and details are at the pay & display machine.

Sunday charges apply on Bank Holiday Monday 28th December on the Multi Storey Car Parks up to 3pm and free after 3pm entry.