All parking charges in East Dunbartonshire run car parks will be suspended, allowing everyone to park for free and to shop local for every Saturday until Christmas.
In line with the “Scotland Love Local” campaign the Council is keen for local residents to use their local shops in Milngavie and this added free parking incentive will encourage people to shop locally.
The Council will continue to work with traders and organisations as much as possible – in line with the latest guidance – as we approach a Christmas unlike any other.
No festive lights switch-on events are being supported as they are not possible under the current restrictions. However, keep an eye out as the Council powers up Christmas lights in local communities.
Only essential retail can remain open in Level 4 areas, provided they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
The message to local residents who need to venture out is to stay safe and stay local.
Parking charges are being suspended in all of the Council’s fee-levying car parks for each of the three Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas Day. December 5, 12 and 19 – tying in with the Scotland Loves Local campaign.
A number of local traders and organisations – including the Council – have been backing the campaign, which aims to encourage people to think local and support local businesses, safely and in line with public health guidelines. East Dunbartonshire shops and outlets have been rising to the challenge by adapting to incorporate online ordering, delivery and more.
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, said, “It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone and we are going through yet another challenging stage in the struggle against COVID-19. I want to pay tribute to all our local residents, businesses and communities for their extraordinary efforts and patience.
“Our town and village centres are usually at the heart of joyous festive celebrations, but sadly these cannot take place this year. That said, we are doing our bit to ensure the Christmas lights shine bright, while continuing to support local businesses and groups as much as possible.“
Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, added, “Despite the ongoing restrictions, we will be suspending parking charges in the Council’s fee-levying car parks on the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas Day. We would ask people to support our centres if they have to venture out, while staying safe and following public health guidance – echoing the aims of the Scotland Loves Local campaign.
There was significant level of public interest and comments on Social media, as can be seen below.
Milngavie business owners, through the Milngavie BID, are also implementing a range of measures and safe festive activities to make sure the public are kept safe when visiting Milngavie.
The very successful Click and Collect project and Christmas Eve Gift Card prize draw are just a couple of innovative examples of how they have adapted as a group of traders to engage with customers throughout the pandemic.
A “Merry Milngavie Festive Fun” activity sheet for all the family is planned. And 135 mini Christmas trees will be delivered to Milngavie in time for the planned 12th December re-opening of non-essential shops.
These will add to the festive atmosphere in Milngavie along with the colourful banners now located around the Milngavie precinct.