SEVEN of Aberdeen City Council’s city centre public car parks are to be free of charge at weekends in December as part of a huge effort to encourage people to shop local this Christmas.
The off-street parking which is to be free for shoppers includes Chapel Street multi storey car park, Denburn multi storey car park, Frederick Street multi storey car park, the Marischal College multi storey car park off Queen Street, West North Street multi-storey car park, the above-ground Gallowgate car park, and the above-ground Summer Street/Huntly Street car park.
The council car parks will be free to use for shoppers on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December.
Councillor Marie Boulton, ACC city centre spokesperson, said: “It is important that we support our local shops when buying presents rather than going online if we want to ensure that we retain shops in Aberdeen in the future.
“It’s great we can offer the free parking in council car parks for the weekends in December and I’m sure it will be welcomed by people across the city and wider region in what’s been a difficult year for many people.”
Initiatives such as the Aberdeen Gift Card, the pop-up Haan market in Aberdeen Art Gallery, and the Indoor Market at Bon Accord Shopping Centre have also been launched to entice people to shop local this Christmas.
Adrian Watson, Aberdeen Inspired chief executive, said: “This is a welcomed initiative from the council at a time when it is most needed.
“We hope that the north-east public will take advantage of this gesture and come in and safely enjoy Aberdeen’s great retail and hospitality offering over the festive period.