Where can I park for free in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis for my Christmas shopping?
With the second national lockdown over, our towns and villages find themselves under tier two restrictions.
Businesses have reopened their doors for the festive season and local traders need our support now more than ever.
On Tuesday, Arun District Council announced Christmas shoppers can again enjoy free parking on Saturdays during the festive season in several council-run car parks.
Free parking will be offered in these off-street car parks on the following dates.
Bognor Regis: Lyon Street and Hothamton Car Parks
Littlehampton: St Martins and Manor House Car Parks
December 5, 12 and 19
Fitzleet, Bognor Regis and Manor House, Littlehampton
Rustington also offers three hours of free car parking in both of its main car parks all year round.
Councillor Dr James Walsh, leader of Arun District Council and cabinet member for economy, said: “Our town centre shops and businesses have a great deal to offer and we’re delighted to be supporting our business community in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton again this year by offering free parking.
“With the ongoing pandemic, we would urge people to allow time for their shopping trip as queuing systems are in place, and to abide by all the guidelines, including wearing a face covering in shops unless you are exempt.
“It is more important than ever to shop local and support the independent shops in our district so please think about what they have to offer before searching for gifts in the chain stores or large online shops.”
When the shops reopen, an Arun spokesman said there would be more Community Information Officers present to support customers and businesses.
The free parking does not include any privately run car parks. Disabled bays will also remain strictly for the use of blue badge holders only.
Dr Walsh also thanked everyone involved in promoting the ‘shop local’ message, including the Bognor Regis Business Improvement District, the Littlehampton Traders Partnership, Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Town Councils, all the parish councils and Biffa.
He added: “The support of all of these groups has made the difficult task of bringing people back to spend money in their town centre independent shops so much smoother. We are extremely grateful for everything they’ve done and for the support and hard work we’ve witnessed.”