Leeds City Council is giving festive shoppers an early Christmas present – more than 2,000 free car-parking spaces on some of the busiest shopping days of the year.
In a boost to local businesses in the run up to Christmas and in the post-Christmas sales, parking at a 'ring' of car-parks just outside the city centre – including the city's biggest multiple-storey car-park – will be free on specific dates during the holiday season.
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Parking in these car parks will be free on Saturday 18 December and Saturday 8 January:
Woodhouse Lane – 1,272 spaces
Quarry Hill – 400 spaces
Meadow Lane / Hunslet Lane – 90 spaces
Maude Street – 35 spaces
West Street – 238 spaces
And there will be free parking throughout the city on 25 – 28 December and 1 – 3 January, although this does not include the staffed car-parks at Woodhouse Lane and Queens Hall.
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Also, all council-run car-parks in Otley will be free on Saturday 18th December.
Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council's executive board member for environmental services, said: "Times have been hard for local businesses recently and we want to make sure that everyone – shoppers and traders alike – has reason to be cheerful this Christmas.
"We're making more than 2,000 parking spaces free for certain dates before, during and after Christmas, which should encourage 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."