Conservatives call for free parking in B&NES over Christmas

B&NES Council should offer free parking across the whole district in the run up to Christmas to help boost the local economy, Conservative councillors say.

It comes just a few weeks after the council announced that free parking at council-owned car parks would be available in Keynsham on every Saturday in December.

The Conservative opposition on Bath and North East Somerset Council welcomes this decision and is today calling on the Liberal Democrat to extend the offer of free parking on every Saturday in December to all council-owned car parks in B&NES.

Cllr Vic Pritchard, Leader of the Conservative Group on B&NES Council, said: “We are today calling on the administration to extend the offer of free parking to all council-owned car parks in B&NES to give local businesses a much-needed economic boost in the run up to Christmas.

“In 2019, our world-famous Bath Christmas Market brought more than £30m to the local economy. With the Liberal Democrat administration taking the decision to cancel this year’s Christmas market, there is an even greater need to do all we can to ensure businesses are given the space to thrive.

“We welcome the decision to bring free parking to Keynsham and believe that residents and businesses across the whole of B&NES should receive this early Christmas present as well.”