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Free Festive Parking Proposed as Christmas Comes Closer

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LISTEN: John Duff explains the plans proposing free festive parking ahead of the shopping season

In the coming meeting of Perth and Kinross Council’s Environment & Infrastructure Committee, Councillors will be asked to consider offering free parking on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.

That would mean Saturday’s from 5 November through to 26 December will offer free parking as the shopping season springs into action.

Highland Ward Councillor and member of the committee, John Duff, said: This will affect the councils pay and display off-street parking in Blairgowrie, Creiff, Dunkeld, Perth and Pitlochry.”

According to the council’s figures on the matter, a survey of local businesses found ‘86% of businesses felt that the promotion encouraged people to stay longer’ and another ‘100% would be in favour of a similar promotion.’

Executive Director of the Council’s Housing and Environment Service, Barbara Renton, said: “The offer of free festive parking has been, in general, well received by residents, visitors and businesses over the last 8 years.

“It has provided a tangible demonstration of the Council’s commitment to supporting retailers and the local economy during the festive season. This year it will also support businesses dealing with the extremely difficult trading environment arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee next meet at 9:30 on October 28 to discuss this matter along with several other issues.

Mr Duff added: “This year more than ever, there is a real need for us to shop locally, support local businesses and help save local jobs. I hope that listeners will take advantage of this offer and help to support their local economies.”

This is a message which which Mr Duff has been keen to spread awareness of, a message which was complimented by Liberal Democrat group leader Peter Barret.

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