Monmouthshire County Council has agreed with town councils and chambers of trade to provide free parking in Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth in the approach to Christmas.  This will be a welcome boost for the towns’ shops, help remind people of the county’s fantastic range of independent retailers and encourage shoppers to buy locally.

Free Saturday parking dates in the three towns will be on 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member for Community Development said: “Free parking over three Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas has been such a success over the past six years that it’s right to repeat it.  It costs the council around £19,000 in lost revenue each year but of course our towns benefit enormously from increased custom in shops and restaurants. And it reminds people what a brilliant range of outlets we have in our towns.”

Monmouthshire’s retail outlets include many long-established family businesses and a variety of local markets offering a wide selection of goods to residents and visitors.  The council will advertise the free parking dates in its car parks and has produced a poster which can be downloaded from the council’s website.