Don't pay to park your sleigh in local car parks on Saturdays in December

Monday, 8 November, 2021

christmas parking 2021 posterShoppers popping into town centre businesses for festive gifts and hospitality will be able to park for free on Saturdays in December, with charges suspended in the Council's fee-levying car parks.

Look out for details of any community events in the run-up to Christmas as lights begin to twinkle above town and village centres.

Parking charges will be suspended in Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie on Saturdays 4, 11 and 18 December. There will also be no charges on 25 December.

In addition, arrangements have been made to suspend parking charges in the four chargeable car parks in Milngavie on Saturday 27 November, when Milngavie Business Improvement District will be hosting a festive community event and Christmas lights switch-on. Keep an eye on and social media for information.

People are being urged to support local shops, hospitality venues and service providers. To make it even easier for you - and Santa - this year, Scotland Loves Local has produced an East Dunbartonshire Gift Card.

It's the perfect way to support businesses in your community while treating a friend or loved one. Visit Loves local.East Dunbartonshire gift card for more information.

To find out how to register your business to accept the card, go to.Loves local website. There are no registration costs and payments are processed as part of the Mastercard network.

Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody said, "I'm delighted to confirm that we are once again suspending charges in our town centre car parks on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas. We have wonderful businesses in East Dunbartonshire and I would encourage as many people as possible to shop and socialise locally."

Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson added, "The last two years have been extremely challenging for local outlets so it's important we all do what we can to support them - protecting local jobs and livelihoods. Even if you're buying online, please consider supporting the many talented shops and makers in our area."

* Please note, to ensure public safety the Council's community and Parking wardens will still be enforcing parking regulations and restrictions for any vehicles parked inappropriately (on-street and off-street) - including Blue Badge misuse - on the Saturdays when charges are suspended.

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