Gwynedd Council have announced there will be free parking in the Council’s public car parks from 15th to 27th December. Fees will be as standard from 28 December.

The free parking initiative is part of the Council efforts to support the county’s businesses, free parking will be offered in all the county’s public car parks during the period leading up to Christmas, to encourage people to make the most of Gwynedd’s shops.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Business-owners tell us that our free Christmas parking scheme is of huge benefit to them every year.

“As well as providing a boost for local traders, it’s also better for the environment to shop locally rather than travelling for miles to be stuck in traffic as you try to get your shopping done in time.”

Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Economic Development Cabinet Member added: “The period running up to Christmas offers our shops and businesses a fantastic opportunity to showcase the wonderful produce they have to offer.

“We hope that more people than ever make the most of the free parking scheme and support our local shops during what is such an important time of year for them.”

Gwynedd Council reminded the public that there will be a sign on every council car park pay and display machine, so if you can’t see a sign, you should check if it’s a Council car park.

If you park in car parks owned by other organisations, you should check the arrangements before parking as it is possible there will be a charge for parking or a potential fine if you don’t pay for parking.