The City of Lincoln Council is offering free parking at various uphill car parks this weekend (December 12 and 13) in an attempt to encourage local trade.
The move is part of the council’s efforts to lessen the financial blow to local businesses, following the cancellation of this year’s Christmas market.
The traditional market was cancelled due to health and safety fears owing to the adverse weather conditions seen in recent weeks.
Many traders were disappointed at the decision to cancel, due to the income the market brings to the local economy — a figure said to be close to £10million.
City Of Lincoln Councillor Marc Jones, said: “We know the cancellation of the Lincoln Christmas Market was a real blow to local businesses,”
“Whilst there was nothing to be done about the severe weather that forced the cancellation of the event, we have worked hard to give businesses as much support as possible with three hours of free parking in our uphill car parks this weekend.”
“I’d like to encourage people to take advantage of this offer and spend their Christmas Market money in our local shops, restaurants and bars.”
Bailgate visitors will be able to park for free, for up-to three hours, at the following car parks on December 12 & 13 (see parking map)
- Castle Hill
- Langworth Gate
- The Lawn
- St Paul’s Lane
In addition to Bailgate shops being open for business this weekend, there will also be a Christmas market taking place at The Lawn.
A Santa fun run will also be taking place between 8am and 3pm on Sunday, December 12, with intermittent road disruptions expected in the Westgate area.