Good news for shoppers in Southwick! From this weekend, anyone visiting the town’s precinct on Saturday will be able to park for free thanks to Adur District Council.
From now until the end of the year, the local authority has agreed to waive the fees in the Southwick Square off-road car park on Saturdays.
This means there will be no charge for those visiting on key shopping days throughout the autumn and the run-up to Christmas.
It comes after listening to traders in the area who said that an increase in car park tariffs approved last year had coincided with a drop in footfall in the area.
Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “As a council we are always looking to listen to and support our local traders, who are the lifeblood of our local economy.
“Southwick Square plays an integral part in the town’s community so I’m delighted that we are able to support traders in this way. I urge shoppers to take advantage of the scheme and visit some of the excellent independent shops that Southwick has to offer, especially with Christmas approaching.”
The free parking scheme has been funded from a one-off pot of Government cash designed to support businesses in retail areas.
It will start this Saturday (September 30) and run until the end of December.
Officials say this will give time to work with traders on developing a longer-term solution.