Shoppers will be able to park for free in Stafford and Stone town centres on Saturday afternoon (25 January).
Stafford Borough Council has introduced the free parking offer to encourage more people to shop in both town centres to boost trade for local businesses.
The move was put forward to benefit residents and visitors following the traditional ‘long month’ after Christmas.
Parking charges have been waived on all the Borough Council car parks in the two towns from 1pm - except the Riverside and Waterfront car parks in Stafford.
There is a variety of independent and big name stores in Stafford town centre and top places to grab a drink and a bite to eat. Stone also has a great mix of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Mary Walker, Chair of the Stafford Town Centre Partnership, said: “Having the benefit of free parking for visitors will encourage more people to visit the town and for longer periods. This is a really positive step and will support the High Street”
Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said: “Money can be tight after the festive period. There's a long count down to pay day at the end of January. We want to encourage everyone to come into town throughout 2020 to shop for what they need and what time better than the start of the year.
“As well as shopping why not grab the opportunity of some time out to relax in the great cafes and restaurants in Stafford and Stone. This free parking offer is the council's added incentive for young and old to hit the high street!”
Most borough council car parks offer cash free parking throughout the year so visitors to the town centres can pay for their parking using their mobile phones, and top it up without having to return to their cars.
Details of where to park in Stafford and Stone town centres can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/carparks. More information on where and how you can use cash-free parking is available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/cash-free-parking.
Press Release No 5588