Car parks boost on big day

With thousands of Bucks businesses looking forward to opening their doors again on Monday (12 April), Buckinghamshire Council is offering free parking in its car parks from that day.

Hundreds of shops, cafes and pubs as well as gyms, libraries and leisure centres all across Bucks are busy making last-minute preparations before they reopen.

People will be able to enjoy outdoor food and drink from pubs and cafes and browse and buy from shops as non-essential retail businesses can once again open their doors.

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are all poised to book in people for some extra pampering and gyms, leisure centres and libraries are gearing up. Local visitor attractions can also welcome people back from next week, just in time for special days out during the Easter school holidays.

The free car parking in council car parks will run to to 11 May.

Ian Thompson, Corporate Director at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘It’s great news for all of us that we can now take this next step in the road map to recovery.

‘By offering free parking in our car parks, we’re doing our bit to encourage people to support local businesses and come back to shop in our town centres. We want to welcome people back to our High Streets and make it a safe and positive experience for everyone.’

For people who run local businesses, the next few weeks and months could mean the difference between make or break.

Find information about local shops town by town on this Shop Local page.

Local businesses are being invited to say what they are looking forward to most about opening their doors again next week. Follow their stories on the social media channels @BucksCouncil to find out more.