Free parking and shop local to support businesses in Weston-super-Mare

To support local businesses, shops and traders in Weston-super-Mare from Saturday 5 December and for all Saturdays before Christmas Day there will be free parking from 1pm at Grove Car park and Carlton Street multi-storey car park.

Charges re-start at 8am the following day (Sunday) and all other restrictions and conditions in those car parks still apply during those free periods.

We want to encourage shoppers to use their local businesses which can offer something unique. Choosing local traders for your Christmas shopping rather than one of the internet giants will help our businesses and the people who work for them.

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an awful year for our businesses, but we can help change that.

There are lots of excellent reasons to shop locally – it cultivates a unique identity for the High Street, businesses can stay open and employ local people, it keeps money circulating in the local economy, and it helps the environment by reducing delivery miles.

Cllr Geoff Richardson, North Somerset Council’s assistant executive member for highways and transport

Now that North Somerset has moved into tier 3 restrictions, non-essential shops have re-opened their doors, and in Weston-super-Mare, more than 30 businesses, including retail and hospitality, now offer online shopping, with click and collect and delivery options. Many have turned digital in just the last couple of weeks.

Search for your favourite independent store, café, pub or restaurant online to see if it has its own website or Facebook page to order through.

Online shopping sites featuring a range of local producers, traders and artists have also been established recently.

The Weston Collective, which has a store in the Sovereign Centre in Weston-super-Mare, stocks a range of locally-made items and it also offers a click and collect service on its website and Facebook page.

You can also find North Somerset-based artists, craftspeople, on the Made in North Somerset Marketplace. This new online platform enables you to buy directly from the producer, whether it’s food, drink, arts or crafts.

Online High Street shopfronts are also in development. See the below links for details:

It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend, which is a national campaign to get people to shop locally. Businesses are encouraged to add themselves to the business finder map so customers can easily find them.

Many pubs and restaurants are offering click and collect so people can order meals to eat in the comfort of their own home – this is an absolutely vital time as they have to remain closed at their busiest periods of the year.

And remember on Christmas Day and Boxing Day on-street pay and display parking is free and without time limit. As Sundays are free for on street pay and display this means that from 6pm on Thursday 24 December until 8am on Monday 28 Dec ember on-street pay and display parking is free and unrestricted for those three days.

We can all spread a bit of Christmas cheer to our hard-pressed local businesses by shopping with them during this festive season, and give them a kickstart towards a brighter 2021.

Cllr Richardson

Press release by North Somerset Council.