Free parking to support local businesses

Published on 26th November 2013

grey hatchback and silver soft-top cars parked in on-street parking bays

On-street parking and park and ride buses in Gloucestershire will be free on 7th December as part of a campaign to support local businesses.

Gloucestershire County Council is supporting Small Business Saturday, the national campaign taking place across the UK.

The event is aimed at encouraging people to support their local retailers and highlight the services they provide.

It’s thought that Saturday 7th December is one of the busiest shopping days of the year as people stock up on their Christmas presents.

To back the campaign, the council will waive charges for on-street parking county-wide and park and ride buses in Gloucester and Cheltenham.

The Gloucester park and ride service starts at Waterwells and travels through the Quays and onto the city centre. The Cheltenham one travels from Arle Court into the town centre.

It is normally £2.50 per adult in Gloucester and £3 per adult in Cheltenham to park your vehicle and use the bus services, which run every 10 minutes, but there will be no fee on 7th December.

The council also manages on-street parking which is managed through pay and display for up to two hours at a time, with an average cost of £2.70.

On 7th December, it will be free to park on-street for up to two hours at a time.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “In this day and age where you can buy everything you need online, our local businesses need our support to thrive.

“We’re fortunate in Gloucestershire to have such a fantastic range of small businesses and playing a part in the Small Business Saturday campaign is our way of showing just how important they really are.

“We all shop more in the run up to Christmas so I hope you’ll join our campaign and make Gloucestershire your shopping destination of choice on 7th December.”

Notes to Editors
· Small Business Saturday is all about encouraging everyone in the UK to support small businesses, both on the day and beyond. For more information, visit.
· For park and ride bus timetables visit.
· For on-street parking details, visit.

Issued by Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council’s Media Team, 01452 425391,