Christmas shoppers are to benefit from free car parking sessions in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres.
Wigan Council has once again introduced the free periods to support local retailers and businesses as well as shoppers in the run up to Christmas.
The offer includes:
- Free parking after 3pm from Monday 13th November until Monday 8th January in council car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres. This includes The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks.
- Free Sunday parking on all the council operated car parks in Wigan and Leigh town centres, from Sunday 19th November through to Sunday 7th January.
- Free late night parking on Thursdays until 9pm on The Galleries and Water Street multi-storey car parks from Thursday 16th November to Thursday 21st December and free parking for the whole of Boxing Day, Tuesday 26th December.
Having free car parking sessions gives shoppers the perfect opportunity to visit the town’s top high street names, independent shops as well as its popular local markets.
Wigan and Leigh markets offer a great variety of gifts and clothing for Christmas as well as high quality, locally sourced fresh food along with that friendly personal service.
Emma Barton, the council’s assistant director for economy and regeneration, said: “Our town centres are the perfect places for Christmas shopping with a wide variety of big high street names and independent outlets as well as our popular and friendly markets.
“Our markets are ideal for Christmas through their high quality produce, friendly service and value for money.
“We know shoppers appreciate parking for free while they shop so we have once again introduced the free after 3pm car parking sessions.
“We hope people take advantage of it and have an enjoyable time getting those special gifts for the festive period in Wigan and Leigh town centres.”
The free parking sessions will be in place for Wigan’s light switch on Thursday 16th November from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Santa’s Parade on Sunday 19th November at 1pm in Mesnes Park.
The Leigh lights switch-on takes place on Thursday 23rd November from 5pm to 7pm and the Leigh Santa parade takes place on Saturday 18th November at 4.30pm in and around the Spinning Gate shopping centre.
Car parks taking part in the free sessions include:
Wigan car parks
- Water Street MSCP
- Galleries MSCP
- Sovereign Road
- Peppermill Lane
- Wilton Street
- Chapel Lane
- Mona Street
- Haig Street
- Trencherfield Mill.
Leigh car parks
- Spinning Gate
- The Town Hall Leigh
- Doctors Nook
- Lord Street
- The Railway Arches
- Church Street.
Please note: The Civic Centre Car Park and On Street Pay & Display bays are not included in the free after 3pm offer. On Street Pay & Display parking is free on Sundays.
Vehicles entering before 3pm will still have to pay or risk being issued a penalty charge notice.