Happy Christmas for town shops - and parkers!

Joseph Bulmer

Christmas has come early for Torbay's parkers.

Torbay Council has announced that for a third year in a row it will be offering reduced parking fees over the Yuletide period at nominated council car parks.
The 'pay for an hour, stay for the day' offer will start on Wednesday December 1 and will run until Christmas Eve.

Council leader Steve Darling said: “It has been another hard year for some of our local businesses. Despite the influx of visitors we’ve had over the summer, we still must do all we can to shop locally. We are lucky enough to have so many fantastic shops on our doorstep and the reduced parking fees have worked so well over the last few years to help bring in business and I’m sure people will take advantage of the offer again this year.”
Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, said: “TDA conducted some research and found out that 40 percent of high street businesses in the Bay did not have a website.

"These businesses rely solely on customers visiting in person. By offering these reduced parking fees we hope to elevate peoples worries around queuing and their parking running out - making shopping over the Christmas period more relaxing.”
The scheme will run in the car parks in Torquay ( Lower Union Lane and Union Square);  Paignton (Victoria multi storey) and Brixham (Freshwater and Oxen cove).

The fee of £1.40 will cover parking from when people arrive until midnight the same day. For people using Brixham central car park, the £1.40 fee will allow for up to the maximum of three which normally cost up to £3.50.
Free on-street parking in Torquay and Paignton will apply in Torquay and Paignton on Sundays in December in Torquay (Magdalene Road, Lymington Road, Castle Road, Union Street, Babbacombe Road); Paignton (Palace Avenue).