FLINTSHIRE Council is urging residents to shop local during the build up to Christmas.

With free parking available in all of their town centre operated car parks, the council hopes that this initiative will increase footfall in the area.

Cllr Derek Butler, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Flintshire Council continues to offer free parking in all town centre car parks and I hope that residents will take advantage of this and support their local shops in the run up to Christmas.

“There are a fantastic range of shops offering gift ideas, food and drink for the festive season.

“All our town centres have measures in place to help everyone shop safely and businesses are doing everything they can to create a festive atmosphere whilst adhering to the current regulations.

“This is a great opportunity to treat yourself after a very challenging 2020.”