LEADER of Bolton Council Cllr Cliff Morris said he intends to extend the free parking scheme for another 12 months.

Shoppers and visitors to Bolton town centre have had free car parking in the Octagon, Topp Way and Deane Road car parks every weekend in a bid to bring more people into the town.

The scheme — which also included free parking from 3pm on week days over the festive period — was due to end in three months, but Cllr Morris said it will carry it on until May 2015 after bosses set aside £500,000 for the plans.

He added: “The recent change in ownership of the Market Place and the exciting developments which are already under way there, including a town centre cinema, is further evidence of increased confidence in our plans for the town centre.”