Ryedale District Council is giving shoppers a festive treat – by making free parking available at council-operated car parks from December 9 through to March 31 2021.

The introduction of the scheme was approved at Full Council last night (Thursday) in a bid to support retail and hospitality businesses and encourage more people to shop locally.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “We are delighted to provide free parking to support local businesses and help increase visits to our market towns – not only in the lead up to Christmas but throughout January, February and March when trade might need an extra boost.

Ryedale residents who currently own a paid-for car parking permit will be able to request a permit extension. Please keep an eye on www.ryedale.gov.uk for further details.

Ryedale District Council-owned car parks include:


Wentworth Street Car Park

Water Lane Car Park


Eastgate Car Park

Vivis Lane Car Park

The Ropery Car Park


Town Farm Car Park


Market Square Car Park

Cleveland Way Car Park