Free parking arrives in Merton for Christmas
Merton Council is giving a boost to both shoppers and shopkeepers this Christmas by providing free parking.
Parking will be free in every council-owned car park throughout the borough for each weekend from the 1 December, leading up to Christmas Day, including Christmas Eve, which falls on a Monday.
Businesses in the borough have welcomed the council’s decision to switch off the pay and display machines for the busiest four weekends in the retail calendar. The move will benefit thousands of Christmas shoppers and, to give an example, will mean the average Wimbledon shopper will save £6 for a four-hour shop on a Saturday.
Merton Council cabinet member for performance and implementation Councillor Mark Betteridge said: ‘We are working to make parking in Merton fair and affordable. These are challenging financial times for lots of people and this is our way of making Christmas a little lighter on the pocket. Merton has got lots to offer shoppers, so hopefully free council car parks will mean more people shopping locally.’
Derick Ray, owner of Morden’s premier electrical retailer Powerhouse Supplies for the past 30 years, said: ‘This is great news for businesses in Merton. Making the council’s car parks free in the weekends running up to Christmas will encourage more people to shop in Merton which is good for the local economy.’