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The Newark Advertiser found out what people think of Newark and Sherwood District Council's free car park initiative throughout December.

In its weekly voxpop, the Advertiser found out what people think of District Council's free car park initiative throughout December.

Newark and Sherwood District Council announced that all their car parks would be free over the weekend from the Christmas light switch-on event (November 26) until Sunday, December 31.

The initiative aims to support businesses and encourage consumers to do their Christmas shopping in town.

The Advertiser went to the town centre to hear what people think of it and how it will benefit Newark.

Linda Seddon said: “It is nice to have free car parks, I just came into Newark for three to four hours and has cost me £4.50, which is quite expensive.

“I think the little individual shops will really like it because they suffer due to the carpark prices. Very often people come into Newark and just park at Morrisons and they only have two hours so they have to zip in and out and don’t have time to look around.”

Janice East and Marie Bird
Janice East and Marie Bird

Patricia Larner said: “It will be good for people coming into Newark, there are too many shops that are gone to encourage people to come here.

“A shop like a Primark and other sort of shops would bring people and Marks and Spencer is still a big loss.”

John Priestley said: “it encourages people into town and they are more likely to spend money, where as before they probably would go out of town shopping.”

Nick Gordon: “It feels like there is a particular problem for parking in Newark and I suppose that if you had the choice you would probably go to Lincoln, so I think the free car parking is a really good idea.”

Mike and Sue Nocivelli: “This is beneficial but they need things to keep the people interested, all these empty shops including Marks and Spencer and now Strays is moving from the town centre and older people it is harder for them.

Christopher Blades said: “It will bring more people in if there is free car parking. And it's something that it is lacking all year because people can’t park in the centre of town and car parks are too expensive.”

Pam George said: “The free car park will bring more people into town and hopefully people will spend more money in the shops.

“I think if there are events going on in town this is something they should do more often.”

Bill Gregg: “People come to spend some money in the shops but if you have to pay £3 or £4 for a car park you won’t do it in the shops will you?

“I think they should do this more often and give people a bit back for spending money.”

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