Free parking across Kirklees to stay until end of year

Kirklees Council has extended free parking beyond today to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 5:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st September 2020, 5:42 pm

Free parking was introduced in all 95 council-run car parks and parking spaces on June 15 as part of measures to support businesses after lockdown.

The council has now announced this will continue until the end of the year to help support businesses from now and throughout the Christmas period.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Waiving parking charges is part of our longer term recovery plans, making sure town centres come back stronger following the virus, in order for us to achieve our blueprint ambitions for Dewsbury.

Free parking across Kirklees to stay until 2020 ends

“It’s essential we do what we can to support local businesses during this recovery period, which is why we want to make sure our town centres are safe and attractive spaces.

Through innovative art installations, messaging that positively reinforce social distancing guidance and by providing more room to walk and cycle we will not only make our towns safer, and more attractive, but make it easier for people to safely travel to and from work.”

However, periods of stay will remain in enforced.

This is so important short stay spaces close to shops are available for those to do some shopping.

Organisations such as Dewsbury Forward and Dewsbury Chamber of Trade have highlighted how much free parking has helped the local economy, which was one of the factors into its extension.