Leeds: 2,000 free car spots for shoppers

Free parking at car parks in Leeds is set to continue this weekend – with 2,000 spaces in the city centre up for grabs on Saturday.

Parking at a 'ring' of car-parks just outside the city centre – including the city's biggest multi-storey car-park – will be free.

It is hoped the move will continue to boost local businesses in the post-Christmas sales period, and in the week that VAT went up to 20 per cent. The free car parks operating this Saturday are: Woodhouse Lane with 1,272 spaces; Quarry Hill with 400 spaces; Meadow Lane / Hunslet Lane, 90 spaces; Maude Street, 35 spaces and West Street's 238 spaces

Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council's environmental services lead, said: "There was a great response from shoppers to the free parking at Christmas and New Year, so we're continuing with 2,000 parking spaces free this Saturday.

"I hope it encourages people to visit the city, support local shops and enjoy some of our restaurants and bars.

"By making these car-parks free on some of the busiest shopping days of the year, we're hoping the local economy will receive a very welcome boost."