CHARD NEWS: Council funds two free Saturday car parking days

CHARD NEWS: Council funds two free Saturday car parking days

SHOPPERS in Chard will be able to use council-owned car parks for free on two Saturdays in the build-up to Christmas.

At Chard Town Council’s monthly meeting Cllr Jason Baker proposed that it should fund free all-day car parking for shoppers on the two Saturdays in December – an idea which received unanimous support from fellow town councillors.

This will mean that all South Somerset District Council run car parks in Chard will be free to use on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and Saturday, December 16, 2017.

The car parks included are: Bath Street, Essex Close, Boden Street, Marketfield, Combe Street, The Minnows and Crowshute.

Cllr Baker said “I want to do everything we can to support local business and would hope that this will see an increase in footfall within the town in the busy festive period.

“I see this as a great opportunity to promote local businesses and inspire the town to spend locally at a time when many people might go further afield to do their Christmas shopping.”

Cllr Baker will be visiting local retailers within the town centre to tell them more about the initiative and to leave some feedback forms so that the town council can gauge the impact that this has had on the local economy.

The council is also keen to explore further ways to help local business and promote the economic and commercial vitality of the town centre.

Chard Town Council has paid £1,700 to South Somerset District Council, who own many of the car parks around the town, to enable this Christmas initiative to be possible.

PHOTO – TOP: Cllr Jason Baker.