TOWN centre shoppers will be able to benefit from free use of Basildon Council car parks over the festive season.
The council will once again offer free parking throughout the Christmas and New Year period to allow residents and visitors to pick up last minute gifts and enjoy the winter sales.
Free parking will be available at council-owned car parks across the borough between Monday, 18 December and Tuesday, 2 January. Car parks included in the initiative are:
• High Street, Billericay
• Radford Crescent, Billericay
• Lake Meadows, Billericay
• High Street, Wickford
• Ladygate Shopping Centre, Wickford
• Wickford Swimming Pool, Wickford
Cllr Alan Ball, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Regeneration and Environment committee, said: “We hope families will take advantage of this early Christmas treat during what we understand is a very expensive time of the year.
“Offering free festive parking will also boost local businesses by encouraging people to spend more time in our thriving town centres as they stock up on essentials for the big day and buy presents for their loves ones.”