Christmas shoppers are to get a boost with the announcement that free parking is set to return for the festive period.
Off-street car parks will be free from next month for people travelling into Scarborough and Whitby town centres.
The exemptions will apply on Thursdays and Sundays.
The council’s director of service delivery, Andy Skelton, wrote in a report that will go before Cllr Penny Marsden tomorrow that: “As part of a positive approach to helping the town centre economy in both Scarborough and Whitby in the lead up to Christmas it is believed that the offer of free parking on selected days will provide an added incentive and hopefully discourage people from travelling to areas out of town offering better arrangements and will assist local businesses during this difficult economic climate.
“It is well documented and reported nationally that the countries town centres are struggling economically and that retailers are likely to face challenging time at Christmas.
“As a result, and in order to help the local economy it is suggested that free parking be introduced on selected off-street council car parks in Scarborough and Whitby.”
On-street charges are not affected by the changes. The council has estimated the cost to its budget as £10,000.
The car parks included are: Castle Road, Falconers Road, Friarsway, King Street, North Street, North Terrace, St Nicholas Parade, St Thomas Street, Victoria Road, Westwood and William Street.
Thursdays (from 3pm)
24 December – Wednesday
Sundays (free from 11am)