Shoppers in South Ribble are to be given the gift of free parking in the run up to Christmas.
The scheme is designed to give a boost to local businesses and help residents save money.
Charges will be suspended from December 12 until, and including, Christmas Eve at all council-owned car parks across the borough from 10am each day, allowing visitors to stock up on all their festive favourites without having to pay a penny to park.
Parking will also be free on December 3 as the council does its bit to back local companies on Small Business Saturday - a national initiative aimed at encouraging people to shop local and support small businesses in their communities.
Dozens of companies based across the borough are taking part and offering special promotions on the day.
MP for South Ribble Seema Kennedy will also be out and about meeting customers and encouraging them to vote for the best small shop and best market stall in Leyland and the best small shop in Penwortham.
Free parking will also be available in Leyland this Saturday (26 November) at the car parks in Churchill Way, King Street, Sumner Street and Ecroyd Street, for the Leyland Christmas Festival.
Again, parking will be free for the Lostock Hall Christmas Market, which takes place on Hope Terrace from 2pm to 7pm on December 8.
Councillor Graham Walton, South Ribble Borough Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and street scene, said: “We are thrilled to be backing small businesses and hope Small Business Saturday is a huge success.
“Suspending parking charges on that day and for a large part of December will hopefully take the stress out of Christmas shopping for our residents and we are pleased to help them and local traders.”
South Ribble Borough Council offers some of the cheapest parking in Lancashire. It costs just £1 a day to park at Leyland Rail Station, or £4 for an entire week.
You can park for free at:
Churchill Way, Leyland
Ecroyd Street, Leyland
Sumner Street, Leyland
King Street, Leyland
Hope Terrace, Lostock Hall