This Sunday sees the first of a planned series of car boot sales by Douglas Council at its Shaw's Brow car park.
Councillor Ritchie McNicholl is chairman of the committee organising the three month trial. He said: 'At a time when charitable giving is being affected by increased pressures on peoples' budgets the Council is pleased to offer Shaw's Brow for charity car boot sales. Centrally located in Douglas, the car park will provide a secure and sheltered venue for these events, which it is hoped will attract generous support from the general public.'
Car boot sales will be held once a month on Sundays from 12noon to 3pm in aid of the Manx Blind Welfare Society on January
26, Junior Achievement on February 23 and the RNLI on March 30. Admission to the public is free, while each pitch costs £10. Applications for pitches should be made directly to the relevant charity.
The car park will remain open as usual and Douglas Council has confirmed there are no plans to introduce charges for parking on Sundays, responding to the news that the government has started charging on Sundays at Drumgold Street and Chester Street car parks.
Councillor Ritchie said: 'Sundays, especially the afternoons, can be busy in Douglas and, for many families leading busy lives during the week, Sunday is one of the rare opportunities for them to spend time together, shop and have an enjoyable day out in the town. At a time when retailers are finding trading conditions tough due to the economic downturn combined with the unavoidable disruption caused by the progress of town regeneration, we want to encourage people to shop.
'It is for these express reasons the Council lifts car parking charges at peak times in the run up to Christmas.' Strand Centre manager John Shakespeare said the introduction of Sunday charging was 'an insensitive response and wholly counter-productive in a climate of subdued consumer demand'.
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