Good tidings on travel

Shop local is the message in Bucks as free parking, reduced bus fares and Christmas markets are lined up for next month.

Buckinghamshire Council is offering free parking in its car parks that support local high streets on Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 December.

One place to take your pick of independent and unique gifts sold by local artisans is the Aylesbury Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, taking place in Market Square, Aylesbury, on Sunday 3 December, from 11am-4pm. There are also plenty of other Christmas themed events and fairs taking place across the county during coming weeks. Visit the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website to find out what is on at https://familyinfo.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/things-to-do/things-to-do-this-christmas/

Rachael Matthews, deputy cabinet member for town centre regeneration, said: ‘The Christmas period is an important time for our local high streets. They rely on the loyalty of local customers to ensure they enjoy a successful festive season, so we want to remind people how important it is to shop local.

‘You really don’t need to venture far to get everything you need to enjoy your celebrations and by supporting businesses in your local town or village, you are helping to ensure they can continue to run successfully and add value to your local area, which benefits everyone.’

Shoppers can let public transport take the strain by travelling to do Christmas shopping by bus, taking advantage of the extended £2 cap on single journey bus fares, now extended by the Government until next autumn.

Steven Broadbent, cabinet member for transport, said: ‘Whether you choose to travel by car or by bus, you can save money on your journey before you hit the shops. We know many people need a helping hand this Christmas, so the council is playing its part to give communities and high streets a festive boost.’

The council will also introduce a temporary pause on scheduled roadworks in some areas of the county in weeks leading up to the festive break. Mr Broadbent said: ‘To make it easier for people to travel and maximise trade, Buckinghamshire Highways will introduce a widespread postponement of roadworks in and around town and village centres in the run-up to Christmas. Although we don’t have the power to stop emergency utility works that need doing, pausing planned roadworks will reduce possible delays.’

Many Bucks businesses are taking part in Small Business Saturday on Saturday 2 December, offering another chance for people to support local shops and businesses and take advantage of discounts and promotions. Find out which Bucks businesses are taking part in this year’s event: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/small-business-finder

Parking:
To check which car parks are included, visit the council website: www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/free-xmas-parking.