There has been a lot of discussion about how to protect and boost our High Streets in the face of increased on line shopping and climbing costs to shop owners.
Now Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils have announced free parking at their car parks across East Suffolk on Armistice Day and in the build up to Christmas. However this seems a gesture supporting community events rather than a bid to ease the problems on the High Street according to a joint statement from Cllrs Carol Poulter and Graham Catchpole:.
“We feel it is important at this time of year that the local councils play their part in actively supporting the events being staged by our communities. Hopefully, this gesture will be a boost to the community events being held across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney,”
However every little helps – so lets just be grateful for this small concession.
Armistice Day Parking: This year, Armistice Day (11th November) also falls on a Sunday, so the events are likely to attract large crowds to commemorate the sacrifice of all those in the armed forces who died during World War One.
Last year (2017), Suffolk Coastal and Waveney offered 3 hours free parking on the Saturday and Sunday over the Armistice weekend.
This year, the councils are offering free parking at every car park across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney for the entire day, as there are parades and events being staged in different places throughout the day.
Christmas Events: This is a bit more complicated as Suffolk Coastal and Waveney have decided to offer two-hour blocks of free parking to support local shops and community organisation, which can be used to link to specific events twice during the build up to Christmas (so two session of free parking in the four-week period before Christmas).
Town and Parish Councils can decide which days they would like to operate the two-hour’s free parking, and in which car park(s) across east Suffolk, then contact Sue Keeble at Norse to express their interest and take up the offer.
Felixstowe Xmas lights switch on is 1st December and the free ice rink at Great Eastern Square will be from Friday 20th December – Sunday 23rd December
There is no information about free car parking in Felixstowe as yet for these events – but watch this space!