We’re very pleased to announce that we are able to offer free parking in town centre council owned car parks, except Tŷ Pawb, for certain key days that will allow traders to take advantage of the expected increase in visitor numbers to the town centre. This follows the success of free parking that was offered earlier in the year for the Play Day and the Food Festival.


Tŷ Pawb will also offer free after 3pm parking every Friday until Christmas to support its Film Night events.

Our Christmas festivities commence with the Christmas Light Switch on, this is arranged for 14 November and free parking after 3pm will begin on this date and continue until 7 December when parking will become free after 10 am. It is important we encourage the maximum amount of footfall into the town centre during the busy Christmas period.

The following car parks are included in the promotion:

  • Waterworld
  • Library
  • St George’s Crescent
  • Crescent Road
  • St Giles

This will ensure all the Christmas events will be supported by free parking.

“The Key Christmas events are”

  • Lights switch on, Thursday, November 14
  • Victorian Market, Thursday, December 5
  • Late night shopping Thursday, December 12 and 19
  • Christmas Village, Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15,

Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said: “We’re very pleased to be making this offer, particularly as we are currently experiencing financially challenging times.

“We also have some excellent events lined up for the Christmas period and we are all keen to ensure that visitors have a great experience and that traders are able to capitalise on the added footfall that events such as these bring.

“Parking charges are always high on the agenda and although we cannot offer free car parking 24/7, we have taken a look at the situation to see what we can do right now to benefit traders and ensure we have the income to continue to maintain our car parks at their current standards. The majority are of our car parks are covered by CCTV, and all of our are car parks reasonably priced. Dependent on the success of the Christmas Promotional event programme, specifically the ‘free after 3pm’ initiative. Dependent on the success of the Christmas Promotional event programme, specifically the ‘free after 3pm’ initiative. I intend to bring a report to a future meeting of the Executive Board to consider a longer term roll-out of this initiative.”

“We all read about the problems encountered with local and private car parks in the town centre, and it’s reassuring that the same issues are not encountered in council run car parks.”

All other highway restrictions and waiting times will apply in the town centre and motorists are advised that they will be ticketed if they are not correctly parked.

Free parking will also be given for Remembrance Sunday on November 10.

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