Free from 3pm car parking will be launched in Bury St Edmunds on st George’s Day on Tuesday with a little help from the patron saint himself.
Business will have special offers and discounts to coincide with the launch of Free from 3pm parking every Tuesday.
St George, who will be visiting shops and having his picture taken, will be at Buy the Light in Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre at 3pm; Paul Stephens in the Traverse at 3.15pm; Street Level and the Tourist Information Centre on Angel Hill at 3.30pm; Auntie Pam’s sweet shop in The Traverse at 4.30pm; Model Junction in Whiting Street at 4.45pm and Gymphobics in St John’s Street at 5pm.
He will then stop for a quick pint at the Mason’s Arms in Whiting Street at 6pm, followed by Petrus Wine Bar in Whiting Street at 6.15pm and Bliss Hair in Langton Place at 6.30pm.
Free From 3pm parking will run for a year long trial. The initiative was suggested by town centre business improvement group Bid4Bury and adopted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council which operates the town’s car parks and Suffolk County Council which controls on-street parking.
Mark Cordell, Chief Executive of Bid4Bury, said: “On behalf of all the businesses in Bury who will benefit from the extra custom the ‘Free from Three’ scheme will bring, I’d like to thank the two local authorities for making this happen. “Money is tight for everyone at the moment and knowing that you can come into town for some afternoon shopping or an evening out without having to pay to park is very welcome.
“It’s great that the launch coincides with St George’s Day and we hope people will use the opportunity to celebrate our national Saint’s day in Bury St Edmunds.”
Cameron Findlay, Car Parking Services Manager for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, added: “Well managed car parking is important for the town centre and the local economy.
“We want visitors to see this offer, and the two hours free parking on Wednesday mornings in Lower Baxter Street, as a
warm welcome to come and enjoy the town’s many attractions. “Tuesdays’Free after Three’ offer includes the night charge, giving the option to come in after school or work, catch the shops, and stay into the evening for a bite and to enjoy a film or show.”