Free parking for Christmas shoppers on Saturday


Christmas shoppers in Wilmslow will benefit from free parking in the town centre this Saturday, in a bid to boost trade for local businesses.

Cheshire East Council offered four free parking days, which local councils and groups are able to use whenever they wish to support special events and busy periods, such as tthe run-up to Christmas.

Wilmslow BID has chosen to use one of the free parking days offered by Cheshire East on Saturday 23rd December.

Free car parking will therefore be available at South Drive; Hoopers; Spring Street and The Rex.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "The council faces severe financial pressures – with increased demand for key services and significant cuts in funding over recent years.

"However, we wanted to help give towns and high streets an extra boost – and as a thank you to our residents for their support and patience during the challenges of the pandemic."

Wilmslow BID have not yet decided when to use the other three days of free parking.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jean Berman
Wednesday 20th December 2023 at 4:22 pm
Too little to late
Ryan Dance
Thursday 21st December 2023 at 5:14 am
Better late than never. Blows my mind ….that walking is such hardship (hard to imagine us meeting our green credentials or living healthier lives). Further blows my mind that parking articles posted here, creates a lively array of responses. Why is it a hardship to pay £3 quid to park your £40k car during a £500 quid shopping splurge on mostly unnecessary nonsense (ex medicines / food). Have a great xmas all.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 21st December 2023 at 12:23 pm
Assumptions Ryan. Not all are in £40K (rented) cars or buying £500 worth of tat. You may like to try walking a mile or two carrying enough food for a family for a couple of days. Two or three times a week come rain or shine.
Green credentials haha. You will own a spoon and be happy. An inaccurate quote from the potential one!!
Richard Mason
Thursday 21st December 2023 at 12:33 pm
Wilmslow has charged for parking for as long as I can remember and the car parks get used, the council gets moaned at for charging and told that people will stop coming into town, but the car parks still get used. The council says "we will give you a free day of parking, it's a nice thing to do" and still gets moaned at!
Who would be a councillor? I mean obviously there are loads of us around Wilmslow who could do a better job, but I don't recall seeing their names on the ballot paper last time!
Gordon Hyslop
Wednesday 3rd January 2024 at 8:41 pm
@ Richard Mason missing the point Just up the road from Wilmslow are three out of town shopping parks where you can park for free The incompetent CEC do nothing for local businesses as side from one day of free parking, get a grip Maybe the cafe that offered free tea with your breakfast could still do so if trade was better instead people go to Costa, M&S Cafe or JL cafes no parking charge there or even one of the garden centres
Are you aware they are now introducing more street parking charges including medical centres and putting up the existing rates?
Richard Mason
Thursday 4th January 2024 at 10:09 am
@ Gordon - my point was more that even when trying to do something nice, the council get moaned at. I absolutely accept that CEC are not perfect, there must be opporunity for improvement, but I'm not sure how we get it.
In terms of CEC doing nothing for local businesses, I'm not a business so don't have direct experience; but central government set the business rates and also dictate that around 70% of the rates from Wilmslow go out of area. I understand that CEC are trying to do something about that.
Car parking is a dilema - it costs to run and maintain a car park (or even street parking) and we know that the coffers are running dry; so where does the money come from? Plus we should be trying to reduce car usage - better for the environment and gets us more active - but lack of public transport and personal circumstances mean it's not always possible.
On a side note I saw a couple of weeks ago that there was a move to boycott M&S cafe due to them introducing some automated self-service tills. I guess that sometimes the commercial decisions mean that places have to weigh up the premesis costs (including free car parking), staff costs and technology - essentially whatever decision it will leave some people unhappy.

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