Free parking arrives in Merton for Christmas

Merton Council is giving a boost to both shoppers and shopkeepers this Christmas by providing free parking.

Leader of Merton Council Cllr Stephen Alambritis at Raleigh Gardens car park, Mitcham

Leader of Merton Council Cllr Stephen Alambritis at Raleigh Gardens car park, Mitcham

Parking will be free in council-managed car parks* throughout the borough for each weekend from the 29 November, leading up to Christmas Day, including Christmas Eve, which falls on a Wednesday.

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 will mean the average Wimbledon shopper will save up to £6 for a four-hour shop on the free parking days.

Cabinet member for parking Councillor Judy Saunders said: “We want 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 being able to park for free in council car parks will mean more people shopping locally.”

Love Wimbledon’s Helen Clark Bell said: “We are delighted that Merton Council is once again offering free parking in their car parks every weekend leading up to Christmas. This is great for business giving yet another reason, alongside the Christmas markets, Winter Wonderland and the great variety of shops, to make Wimbledon your Christmas shopping destination this year.”

* Coombe Lane car park not included

Find out where you can park for free: www.merton.gov.uk/freeparking