Visitors to the town centre will be able to park for “free after three” over the festive period, Darlington Borough Council has announced.

The scheme will be available in all council short and long-stay car parks, starting on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018.

The “free after three” offer will be available every day of the week until Wednesday, January 2nd, 2018.

In previous years the scheme was only made available on Thursdays, but this year councillors agreed that it should be extended to make sure as many people as possible have the chance to benefit during the festive period.

The Christmas parking offer will run alongside existing parking offers in the town, including £2 for all-day parking in East Street car park (above Wilkos) and the two hours free parking offer in all council long-stay car parks.

This means that visitors choosing to park in long-stay car parks will be able to take advantage of free parking from 1pm every day for five weeks.

Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and local environment, said: “In all the years I’ve been a member of this council I don’t think we’ve had a Christmas parking offer as generous as this one.

“If you combine the ‘free after three’ offer with the two hours free parking, it offers a substantial period of time that people will be able to come into Darlington to shop and eat and make the most of what the town has to offer at Christmas.

“We hope families will take advantage and come down straight from the school run or that shoppers on a Saturday feel that they have that extra time to enjoy themselves.”

The “free for three” scheme will launch alongside the Christmas light switch-on, which will be held in Darlington Market Square between 5pm and 6:30pm.

This year’s event will be hosted by TFM Radio and will feature live entertainment and fireworks.

Source: Darlington Borough Council