Cllr Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council’s executive member for business, economy and employment, said: “We all know that high streets across the country are having a tough time of it at the moment as shopping habits change and we want to support our businesses. This is in response to meetings and discussions with local retailers and we are therefore pleased to offer free parking in the run-up to Christmas to our residents and visitors.
“This is just one of a number of initiatives we’re working on to drive new life into the town centre. These include holding more events, improving the street scene and action to encourage landlords to let empty space. And making the most of the opportunities that being designated as a Heritage Action
“But these ideas may not generate opportunities if people don’t shop locally.”
The free parking offer will apply to Carlton Street and Grove car parks until 6pm. After this time, visitors are able to purchase a parking ticket through the MiPermit app without having to return to their vehicle, or with cash at parking machines for just £1.50 for the evening.