Shoppers can enjoy free parking from 3pm in Newport – on selected Thursdays – in the run-up to Christmas.

Shaping Newport is supporting Newport Business Association’s late-night Christmas shopping events by providing free parking.

The offer applies to short-stay car parks only, from 3pm (maximum stay three hours), on 28 November, 5 December, 12 December and 19 December.

The Shaping Newport programme — a partnership between the Newport Business Association (NBA), the Newport and Carisbrooke Community Council and the Isle of Wight Council — has contributed £1,500 to cover the costs of the potential lost parking revenue.

In addition, the Isle of Wight Council is offering free parking in short-stay car parks in Newport on Saturday, 30 November and Saturday, December 14 – from 12pm.

The council will also celebrate Small Business Saturday on December 7 by offering free parking in all its long-stay car parks across the Island – from 12pm.

Association Chairman, John McLoughlin, said:

“Newport Business Association is delighted to be working collaboratively with the Isle of Wight Council’s regeneration team on organising late-night shopping in Newport.

“The Shaping Newport project has enabled us to have input into changes that are being made in our county town and to put forward our suggestions for initiatives such as this as well as to be part of working towards positive change.

“I really hope that the free parking will encourage people to explore the independent shops in Newport and shop local this Christmas.”

The council says that a Shaping Newport survey of more than 3,000 people highlighted many issues and local priorities for change – and parking provision ranked 8th as a priority for locals, with 409 comments on the topic.

 

Free parking details:

Saturdays — 30 November and 14 December (Newport Only)

Which car parks/areas will be free?: Short-stay car parks only.
Will there be a time limit on staying in the car park? Three hours (as this is the short-stay limit).
Will there be a start and end time for the offer? 12noon until 8am the following day.

Saturday, 7 December — Small Business Saturday (Islandwide)

Which car parks/areas will be free? Long-stay car parks only.
Will there be a time limit on staying in the car park? No.
Will there be a start and end time for the offer? 12noon until 8am the following day.

Late-night Thursdays — 28 November, 5 December, 12 December and 19 December (Newport Only)

Which car parks/areas will be free? Short-stay car parks only.
Will there be a time limit on staying in the car park? Three hours but no ticket required/available from the ticket machine.
Will there be a start and end time for the offer? From 3pm until 8am the following day.