Free parking this Christmas for Small Business Saturday

Lewisham Council writes:

Lewisham Council is to offer free car parking on three Saturdays in the run up to Christmas.

Shoppers will be able to park for free all day in all council-run car parks in Blackheath, Catford, Deptford, Forest Hill, Lewisham and Sydenham on Saturday 7, 14 and 21 December.

The start of the free parking offer falls on 7 December – the traditional start of the Christmas shopping rush – and also the UK’s first ‘Small Business Saturday’ which is a national campaign to encourage shoppers to ‘shop local’ and use local, independent shops.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “Town centres are at the heart of our local communities and independent businesses play a huge role in making our town centres the vibrant and prosperous areas they are to work in and to shop.

“We are pleased to take part in Small Business Saturday by waiving parking charges in Council car parks during this period and I hope everyone will take this opportunity to do their Christmas shopping locally and help support local businesses.”

The free car parking offer only applies to car parks that are managed by Lewisham Council and does not include on-street parking, Lewisham Shopping Centre (which is privately owned) or Blackheath Station car park which is now owned by Network Rail.

For a list of all participating car parks visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/freeparking.

10 comments:

Tim said...

Gesture politics.

Brockley Nick said...

Merry Christmas

Will said...

Hang on, I thought that councils were only supposed to impose parking charges to manage congestion, not as a revenue-raising exercise. So if they reckon they can suspend them for three of the busiest shopping days of the year without causing chaos, how can they justify them the rest of the year?

RB said...

I think that's just for streets.


Car parks need to be paid for, but I'm assuming they can forego a few days a year to encourage town centre trade. It's going to be 'congested' whatever happens.

Headhunter said...

Great to see that the day after an article in the Evening Standard highlights the appalling air quality in London and how London regularly flouts EU health limits of airborne toxins that Lewisham council is encouraging people to use their cars to go shopping...

Subo said...

Well I'm not getting the bus

Get in with the Xmas Spirt said...

The Council can't win can they? Whatever they do, people complain


Ba humbug

Headhunter said...

Not sure what's bah humbug about not wanting to breathe other people's cars' fug of pollution as I walk or cycle the streets. I'd rather not die of some pollution induced lung disease just so that lazy b*gger can nip down the shops in their car and pick up a bit of shopping just as people in pubs don't like breathing bother people's 2nd hand smoke... Fewer cars not more would increase the attraction of many shopping streets. People were commenting here that whilst the roadworks in Ladywell were going on it was quite nice to be able to walk along a car free street...

Get in with the Xmas Spirit said...

Headhunter,


I agree about encouraging people to travel by alternative ways and reduce the number of cars. It would be great if more areas were pedestrianised.


I was on Regents Street the other weekend when they pedestrianised it and it was wonderful. The trouble is businesses complain that they will loose business if areas are pedestrianised. However, big European cities have done this and they do not seem to be affected. Lots of people on the streets enjoying car free areas. They seemed to have found a way to make it work and I wish the UK would follow suit more. I also wish they would encourage more public transport use.


However, there will always people that can't leave their car behind and if Lewisham are trying to encourage people to use Lewisham rather than Bluewater or Lakeside then that is a good thing.


My point wasn't just aimed at you. I just get the impression LBL are dammed if they do and dammed if they don't and that they should get some credit for trying to encourage people in to Lewisham. We may not always agree with their ways, but should not slam them at every opportunity.

guesty said...

Often the reason why people travel by cars is not simply because they are lazy but because they are hardworking and are having to cram in lots of things into the day and a car help them do it

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