Free after 3 parking for festive shoppers

Visitors to County Durham can enjoy free late afternoon and evening parking this Christmas period.

Durham County Council is bringing back its ‘Free after 3’ offer which will see free parking available across the county after 3pm, every day in December.

Off street car parks and on-street spaces will benefit from the waiving of charges, with stickers being placed on all payment machines to let drivers know.

As well as ‘Free after 3,’ free parking will be available across the county after 10am on Saturday 1 December – again in all the council’s off-street car parks and on-street spaces. This coincides with Small Business Saturday, a national campaign which encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Free after 3 aims to support people in the busy run up to Christmas. It can be an expensive time for people and this is one less spend to worry about.

“It also supports shops who rely on footfall for a prosperous festive period. This goes some way in encouraging people to shop local and support our small businesses that form the backbone of our communities.”

Drivers are advised that payment machines will not be switched off at times when charges are not in place and that money paid will not be refunded.

Details of all council car parks can be found at