Free parking will be available in council bays during weekends in December.

Barnet Council has announced its initiative to give shoppers and residents free parking in pay-to-park bays and council-owned car parks on December weekends across the borough.

The free parking starts on Small Business Saturday, which is on December 2, and will last for each weekend including New Years Eve.

Cllr Dean Cohen, chairman of Barnet Council’s environment committee, said: "This is a great way to give back to our community during the holiday season and encourages both residents and visitors to our region to come and explore the unique and diverse high streets we have in Barnet.

"It is an initiative we have successfully run in past years and I’m pleased it will once again be applied throughout the borough."

This is the third year the council are running the free parking initiative.

It is only available in "pay for" parking, and is not available in resident permit bays or private car parks.