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CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS TO ENJOY FREE PARKING IN NEWPORT


Christmas shoppers can enjoy ‘free from three’ parking in Newport on selected Thursdays in the run-up to the big day.

Shaping Newport is supporting Newport Business Association’s late-night Christmas shopping events by providing free parking.

The offer applies to short-stay car parks only, from 15:00 (maximum stay 3 hours), on the following dates — 28th November, 5th December, 12th December and 19th December.

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The Shaping Newport programme — a partnership between the Newport Business Association (NBA), the Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council and the Isle of Wight Council — has contributed £1,500 to cover the costs of the potential lost parking revenue.

In addition, the Isle of Wight Council is offering free parking in short-stay car parks in Newport on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 14th December. The offer applies from 12 noon and has been provided to help support businesses during the St Mary’s junction improvement works.

The council will also celebrate Small Business Saturday on 7 December by offering free parking in all its long-stay car parks across the Island from 12 noon.

Association chairman, John McLoughlin, said:

“Newport Business Association is delighted to be working collaboratively with the Isle of Wight Council’s regeneration team on organising late-night shopping in Newport.

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“The Shaping Newport project has enabled us to have input into changes that are being made in our county town and to put forward our suggestions for initiatives such as this as well as to be part of working towards positive change.

“I really hope that the free parking will encourage people to explore the independent shops in Newport and shop local this Christmas.”

A Shaping Newport survey of more than 3,000 people highlighted many issues and local priorities for change and parking provision ranked 8th as a priority for locals with 409 comments on the topic.

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ann
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ann

Confusing the free parking!

Ken
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Ken

Parking should be free at all times… no wonder shops in Newport etc are closing. Who in their right mind would pay those rip off parking charges??

Az-zahra Aziz
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Az-zahra Aziz

Shopping in towns is all but over. Cold, gloomy, risk of mugging, cash point scams, risk of bag snatched, pick pockets, risk of catching flu from common coughing, sneezing ignorant beings, can only carry so much, and afraid to leave shopping in the car as too many local and imported low lives now.

Do it all online. Stay warm and safe.

Rosemarie
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Rosemarie

people like you are helping to close down towns and villages. Do you even live on the island!

shoudnt-pay-to-park
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shoudnt-pay-to-park

There are empty car parks all over the island. Mainly due to our councils militant approach to revenue raising.

All the car parks need to be free, with some sort of restriction on how long the vehicles are allowed to stay.

Watch this space, shops will continue to move off the high street

Tarn
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Tarn

After 3 on selected Thursdays, when the moon is full and there’s a brisk wind from the north with snow. What a joke!

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