9 November 2019
FRIDAY FREE from FIVE for Christmas
Waterford City and County Council and the Port of Waterford are delighted to launch a FRIDAY FREE from FIVE promotion for the 2019 Festive period. This initiative is supported by Waterford Business Group, Waterford Chamber, Winterval and the Tidy Towns Bid team and is aimed at promoting and supporting City Centre businesses this festive season. Waterford Council’s core City Centre car parks and The Port of Waterford car parks, on The Quay, will provide ‘FREE from FIVE’ parking, on Friday 29th November, Friday 6th and 13th December. A range of ‘5’ promotional initiatives, will be offered by City Centre businesses, to support these Friday promotions.
Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr John Pratt said today “Waterford Council is offering this FREE period of parking over the festive period and I am delighted to be part of this initiative. I encourage all business to come on board with the FRIDAY FREE from FIVE theme.”
Tommie Ryan of Winterval welcomed the plan as well, stating, “The FRIDAY FREE from FIVE promotion will be a great addition to bring people into the many Winterval evening events and we encourage all to avail of this fantastic initiative.”
Michael Garland, Chair of Waterford Business Group and Tidy Towns, looks forward to increased numbers of visitors to the City Centre throughout the Christmas shopping period. He reminds all of the need to park responsibly throughout the festive period and be conscious of other street users when parking.
“Having suggested a Christmas Car Parking promotion, through the City Centre Management Group, I am delighted that we have ALL collaborated to come up with ‘FRIDAY FREE from FIVE’. This promotion covers the main critical mass car parking around the City Centre, with ALL the local authority spaces and the two main Port of Waterford car parks on The Quay.
We’d like all supporting businesses to come up with creative offers based on multiples of FIVE. Maybe ‘Five coffees for the price of 4’, ‘5% discount from 5pm’ and so on. These offers will then be promoted on the various stakeholders social media pages, such as Winterval, Waterford Business Group, Waterford Chamber etc.
In addition, we’d still like businesses to do their #BITT (Businesses Invested in Tidy Towns) and dress their windows, for Christmas, to be in with a chance to win a €500 shopping voucher. Businesses must be signed up to the Tidy Towns Charter to enter, where they will receive a Christmas gift tag to display in the window, during the festive period. Further details are directly available from Waterford Chamber, in George’s Street and also see the latest edition ‘Network’, the Chamber’s magazine.
There are no excuses for NOT exploring the City in the lead up to Christmas, especially on Friday evenings.
We’ve done our #BITT, have you done yours?”
Brian Moore, from The Port of Waterford also commented, “We delighted to be participating in the FRIDAY FREE from FIVE promotion, to lend support to local retail and the Winterval festival, in the run up to Christmas this year.”
Alongside the FRIDAY FREE from FIVE initiative, covering all Waterford Council run car parks and The Port of Waterford’s two car park on The Quay. All Waterford Council owned and managed car parking spaces are FREE of charge on Sundays also, so there are plenty opportunities for people to make their way to the City Centre throughout Christmas, to enjoy the festive atmosphere, take in some retail therapy and experience Winterval.
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