Shops & Markets

Boost for Christmas shopping when Council car parks go free after 3 in December

By Mark Gorton at

Wirral Council is once again supporting shoppers and local businesses by re-introducing its ‘Free After 3’ parking initiative in Council car parks throughout the whole of December.

All Council-operated car parks will be free to park in after 3pm every day in December, giving residents and visitors the chance to go Christmas shopping without paying to park.

As well as the ‘Free After 3’ offer, people will be able to park for ‘Free All Day’ at any Council-operated car parks on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The Puddydale car park

The Puddydale car park

Parking will also be free from 3pm in council car parks in Birkenhead on Friday 25th November 2016 to attract visitors to the area for the Christmas Lights switch on in Hamilton Square.

Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “We are only too aware of the difficulties being experienced by retailers in the borough. This is why, as part of our pledge to support the local business economy, we are putting forward these proposals again to support local businesses/markets and help attract people to the shops before Christmas and afterwards to the sales.”

Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome this news as it will encourage Wirral residents and visitors to use retail centres in our borough, rather than in neighbouring areas, which can only be seen as a very positive move and one which will benefit our businesses and Wirral’s economy.”

Remember, the initiative applies to Council-operated car parks only.

Pay and display, which used to translate as 'stand and deliver!'

Pay and display, which used to translate as ‘stand and deliver!’