Businessman offers free parking to help boost Christmas shopping


A local businessman has decided to make his car park available for local shoppers to use free of charge over the festive period.

Stephen Higham is offering the car park, which is situated between the Texaco Fuel Station and Piccolinos, for free parking from now until Christmas Day to help those wishing to shop in the village and support our local traders.

Stephen said "I just thought local shops need all the help they can get after being forced to close for a month at peak sales time."

The car park, which provides approximately 12 spaces, will be available between 8am and 5pm every day.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 1:19 pm
What a lovely gesture by Mr Higham, and it puts our Council leadership to shame as they are the Grinches this year. According to the Knutsford Guardian they will not allow any free parking for shoppers over it just sour grapes as the idea was mooted by the Conservatives?
Kelvin Briggs
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 4:23 pm
Nice gesture from Higham’s, but might be wise to wear your wellies!
Mark Russell
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 6:06 pm
Fantastic offer! He’s provided more car parking spaces in five minutes than the council have managed in five years!!
David Hadfield
Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 10:23 pm
Well Done Stephen Higham
Great decision ..... Thank you !!
Duncan Herald
Sunday 6th December 2020 at 9:23 am
Not only can you park there for free, you can get a variety of refreshments.
Whatever happened to the idea of a refreshment site in the park?
Kelvin Briggs
Sunday 6th December 2020 at 4:36 pm
Whatever happened to the idea of a refreshment site at the railway station ? A cafe was muted to be in plan in times past by Craig Browne but is it going to happen sometime soon or has the concept been dropped in favour of a park coffee van facility?
Craig Browne
Monday 7th December 2020 at 11:28 am
Hi Kelvin/Duncan,

Thanks for your questions. The two projects are independent of each other, although I am supportive of both. I am aware that the agents acting on behalf of Northern Rail had, approximately twelve months ago, carried out a tender exercise with a view to leasing space at the railway station for a refreshment facility. The outcome of this may have been delayed either as a result of Covid-19, changes to the Northern franchise announced at the start of this year, or possibly both. On the subject of a mobile refreshment facility for the park, I have provided an update to Lisa which I believe she may be intending to publish as a separate article over the course of the coming week.

Kind regards,
Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 4:06 pm
Fine. He's got the space and does not need it so ok. Not as easy to do with taxpayers' money.

Anyway I thought we were trying to discourage car journeys?
David Tyldesley
Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 5:08 pm
Thank you Mr Higham. Lovely contribution to the village.
Gordon Massey
Friday 11th December 2020 at 7:54 pm
Thank you, it’s nice to see and hear of someone thinking of others.