Belfast City Council Announce Free City Parking

Belfast City Council has announced that all of its car parks in the city will be free to use in evenings and at weekends in the run-up to Christmas.

From this Friday, 27 November, shoppers can take advantage of nearly 1,500 free parking spaces at 17 off-street car parks across the city.

The sites - which include Corporation Square, Cromac Street and Hope Street North in the city centre - will offer free parking after 6pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

A further 105 spaces are also being made available at the council's staff car park in Ormeau Avenue at weekends during the festive season. 
News Image
The free parking offer will run until Sunday 3 January (inclusive) and cover Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

"Christmas is a key time for our retailers, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions, and we want to do what we can to support our local businesses by increasing footfall into our city,” said Councillor Declan Boyle, Chair of the council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee.

"This initiative will hopefully encourage visitors will stay on for longer and enjoy more of what Belfast has to offer this Christmas, whether they're shopping locally or travelling to the city from elsewhere.

"It's also good news for shoppers too, cutting costs at what is already an expensive time of year and coming into action just in time for the traditional start of late night shopping at the end of November.”

Related Northern Ireland Business News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 July 2009
Belfast 'Twelfth' Was Shopping Hit
Initial feedback on the commercial impact of Belfast shops being open over the traditional 'Twelfth' celebration has been excellent. This year's event, titled 'Orangefest' on 13 July witnessed Belfast city centre shops opening on the day of the parades for the first time.
07 November 2001
Strategy framework unveiled for Derry city centre
“A Strategy for the City Centre - Derry Londonderry provides a framework for continuing the re- building of the city as a vibrant and outward looking place with a strong regional role and a distinctive international identity,” said John Hunter, Permanent Secretary, Department for Social Development.
29 October 2001
Belfast Leisure runs corporate membership drive
Belfast Leisure, Northern Ireland’s largest leisure service provider, has launched its corporate membership programme.
14 June 2011
Retailers Meet Minister Over Parking Fees
The organisation that represents NI's independent retailing sector has held a meeting with the newly installed Stormont Department for Regional Development (DRD) Minister.
10 February 2011
Investment In Derry City Roads Underway
Transport Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £12million in the Derry City Council area this year.