A FREE parking offer that has been put on to encourage shoppers is only valid after 4pm on Wednesdays.

Barnsley Council is offering free parking in the car parks and street bays it runs from 4pm on Wednesdays ONLY.

But confusion amongst shoppers has caused many to assume the free parking offer is all day.

WABer Barry Smith asked us to clarify the position after he parked up in town today and a well-meaning passer-by told him parking was free.

Coun Roy Miller said: "Christmas is an expensive time of year for everyone and we hope that this offer of free parking will help reduce some of the financial pressure on the public. It’s also a way of supporting the town centre economy."