Christmas parking gift welcomed

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson has welcomed Gloucestershire County Council’s announcement that on-street parking will be free for Christmas shoppers for one of the busiest Saturdays before Christmas. 


In a move designed to boost trade in local shops around the county it has been announced that shoppers will be able to park for up to 2 hours free, as well as use park and ride services free of charge on Saturday 7 December.

Prospective Cotswolds MP Paul Hodgkinson (CDC, Churn Valley) has been leading the call for fairer parking charges in the Cotswolds and welcomed the move:

“It is refreshing to see a more politically balanced county council taking decisions which will benefit local people, whilst helping us to build a stronger local economy by boosting trade across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.”

“I’m passionate about putting local residents first and supporting local business. We believe this is a much fairer and more effective attitude to have compared with treating residents as cashcows in the way the Conservatives at Cotswold District Ccouncil have continued to.”

“How sad that CDC’s ruling administration won’t support small businesses yet persist with high parking charges.”

This is part of the wider “Small Business Saturday” initiative to support small businesses in the UK, for more information visit:

For on-street parking details, visit

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