Free parking in the run-up to Christmas is once again being offered to shoppers in car parks run by Huntingdonshire District Council.

To encourage shoppers to visit the district's high streets, parking will be free after 3pm, Monday to Friday, from December 3-24.

The special offer is valid in St Neots, St Ives and Huntingdon in district council-run off-street car parks. Market Square, in St Neots, and Market Hill, in St Ives, are Cambridgeshire County Council on-street facilities so charging will remain there after 3pm. Parking is currently free in the town centre car parks on Sundays.

Councillor Marge Beuttell, executive councillor for operations and regulation, said: “This has proved to be very successful over previous years, and we want shoppers and businesses to continue to benefit from free parking after 3pm leading up to Christmas. We hope that this offer will once again encourage residents to shop more locally and continue to support businesses in our district.”

Shoppers will not have to pay and display a ticket during the special offer period. Signs and stickers will be on display in car parks, and on the car parking machines explaining the times when the offer is valid.