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Christmas comes early if you go local


With Christmas just around the corner, Gloucestershire County Council is giving residents an early present by waiving parking charges this coming weekend.

As part of the council's continued support for Small Business Saturday, on-street parking will be free across the county throughout Saturday 3rd December.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event aimed at encouraging people to support their local retailers and highlight the services they provide.

The Gloucester park and ride service starts at Waterwells and travels through the Quays and onto the city centre. The Cheltenham service travels from Arle Court into the town centre.

Although there will be no charges for on-street parking, the normal time limits will still apply so it is important to check the local signs when parking. Signage will also be in place to remind people not to put money into the meters.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "A lot of people will do their Christmas shopping online this year, but buying from a small business is a great way to find unique presents whilst supporting your local economy.

"Our local businesses need our support and by waiving these parking fees, I hope it will help people to spread some cheer by joining in on Small Business Saturday."

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