Free parking for Christmas
Festive shoppers coming into Mansfield town centre will be able to take advantage of free parking over Christmas thanks to Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID).
The funding for this initiative has come from Mansfield BID and has been in partnership with Mansfield District Council to allow all council car parks within the town centre to be opened up for free every Thursday evening for the late night shopping.
The Mansfield BID aims to support all their local businesses by encouraging residents and visitors to come and shop local. However they felt it was important to thank residents for staying local by allowing them to park for free and experience all Mansfield Town has to offer over the Christmas period.
Parking at town centre car parks will be free between 5 and 8pm starting on Thursday 17 November, coinciding with the start of late night shopping, and will include every Thursday evening until 22 December.
Motorists will still need to display a valid free ticket in their cars when using the car parks.
Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: "Mansfield town centre has a lot to offer and has an exciting range of shops including big name high street stores and smaller independent shops.
"We want to bring visitors into the area and encourage residents to shop local too. I hope that people will take advantage of the free town centre parking and come into the town to shop and give our local shops and businesses a boost."
Sarah Newton, Mansfield BID Manager said: "We wanted to thank visitors for shopping local and supporting local businesses within Mansfield town centre. It is a magical experience to come shopping on a late night with the excellent festive lights creating such a warm experience, and thanks to Mansfield District Council for providing the infrastructure, we have been able to add to this shopping experience with free car parking. The BID team will also be out and about throughout the Christmas period with the new limited edition 'I love Christmas in Mansfield' bags. More details of this will be announced shortly so keep looking on www.mansfieldtowncentre.co.uk and our Facebook pages".