The County Council have opened up the Arthur Street car park at the County Hall, which has space for 136 cars, to Christmas shoppers for free.
The free parking is on a trial basis with possibly a longer term arrangement next year and will be on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday 23 December. It is between 8.00am to 8.30pm.
Parking charges in Preston have always been a contentious issue and in the lead-up to Christmas this is a very welcome gesture and hopefully a much needed boost to the Preston economy.
County Councillor Geoff Driver, leader of the county council, explained: “County Hall is a big place and we have a lot of parking spaces here for our employees, but they go unused at the weekend because most of the complex is closed.
“In the run-up to Christmas we’ll be making the car park off Arthur Street available to shoppers and other visitors to the city centre.
“I hope it will encourage people to visit Preston for longer and give local traders a welcome boost by spending more in the variety of shops, cafes and attractions the city has to offer.”
What do you think about parking in Preston? Will this offer tempt you to do your Christmas shopping in Preston? Let us know in the comments below.