More free parking will be available in Kendal the run-up to Christmas with Marks and Spencer joining the town’s recovery campaign.
The town centre store has announced that parking charges will be abandoned this weekend, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, and also Sunday 27th.
The move follows the announcement that there will be no charges at the multi-storey Westmorland Shopping Centre car park on Friday and Saturday (Dec 18/19) on the busiest weekend before the holiday. Free parking there will also extend to Boxing Day.
Cars can also be parked free at the K Village car park where a park-and-ride scheme has been operating since the beginning of the month. Sunday parking in Kendal is free in all SLDC car parks.
The Kendal Business Improvement District (BID) is working with South Lakes District Council and individual businesses in response to the recent flooding in the town. They want to encourage shoppers and other visitors to come into the town and support local shops and tourist attractions.
“We’re open and we’re buzzing,” said Kendal BID chairman, Daniel Morley. “And we are very grateful to M&S for supporting our efforts.”
South Lakeland district councillor Giles Archibald said: “We are providing free parking in response to requests from businesses in the town. We want to tell the message clearly, come and shop in Kendal.”
An extravaganza of seasonal entertainment is planned for the coming weekend in the town centre, featuring weird and wonderful performers like Funky Christmas Pigeons, Naughty Angels on Sticks and Magical Jugglers, along with seasonal music.
Mr Morley said: “Kendal businesses have responded with speed and enthusiasm to keep the town trading. In Kendal, we have a fantastic, historic market town brimming with culture, lots of individual and specialist shops, and a great choice of places to eat and drink. And this Christmastime, the streets are also coming to life with fantastic musical acts and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. Visiting Kendal has never been easier.”
The free shuttle bus leaves K Village on the hour every hour with a number of stops throughout the town. Full details of this, and other events, along with the Bubbal app, can be found on the Kendal BID website http://www.kendalbid.co.uk/2015/11/kendals-christmas-fun/
For further information: Sarah Williams, 07554994585