Shoppers get early Christmas box with free parking in Otley

Chair of Otley Town Council Cllr Ray Georgeson, chair of the Trade & Tourism Committee Paul Carter and Leeds City Councillor Colin Campbell

Otley residents and visitors have been given an early Christmas present for the festive season: free parking on select dates throughout the holidays.

The free parking scheme, now in its third year, will see the town’s three Leeds City Council-operated car parks offer free parking on the weekends leading up to Christmas Day, as well as from 3pm on November 26, the day of Otley’s Christmas Lights switch on, traditionally the start of the town’s festive season.

Leeds City Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon), who was instrumental in helping arrange the scheme, said: “I’m pleased to announce the return of free parking in Otley on select dates in the run up to Christmas. The town’s independent shops and buzzing cafés, pubs and restaurants make for a fabulous place for people to visit and do their Christmas shopping.

“The approval of the free parking scheme encourages people to visit Otley and enjoy our unique festive atmosphere, while delivering a boost to our valued businesses. Leeds City Council’s continued commitment to the scheme for a third year is much appreciated.”

Chairman of Otley Town Council’s Trade and Tourism Committee, Cllr Paul Carter (Lib Deb, West Chevin) said: “There’s so much going on in Otley over the festive season, from traditional Otley events such as the Victorian Fayre and Christmas Tree Festival to newer offerings such as our Snowman Trail.

“The offer of free parking makes visiting Otley over the Christmas period hassle-free for residents, shoppers and visitors alike, as well as providing valuable support for local businesses.”

The free parking will be available at the Beech Hill, Courthouse Street and North Parade car parks on November 26 (from 3pm) and on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.