Free Christmas parking in Southend, Canvey and Hadleigh, as councils fight to save High Streets

CASTLE Point Council has announced that its town centre car parks will become free in the lead up to Christmas.

The authority said it was removing parking charges to encourage residents to shop locally during the festive season.

The two car parks are in Hadleigh town centre and at the Knightswick shopping centre on Canvey Island, a civil servant said.

The car parks will become free every day starting from Saturday, December 14.

The last day of free parking will be Boxing Day, December 26.

Southend Council announced last week that it would offer free parking on Sundays and on Thursday evenings in the run up to Christmas, also in an effort to encourage local shopping.

Nine car parks in Southend will be free all day Sundays and from 4pm onwards on Thursdays.

The car parks which will be made cost-free are: Alexandra Street, Clarence Road, Essex Street, Seaway, Short Street, Tylers Avenue, University Square, Warrior Square and York Road.

In addition, this Saturday, December 7, seven Southend car parks will become free as part of Small Business Saturday.

They are: Ceylon Road, Elm Road in Leigh-on-Sea, Hamlet Court Road, Ilfracombe Avenue, North Road, North Street and Thorpe Bay Broadway.

Charles Thomson

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