South Oxfordshire District Council have agreed that car park prices in Kings Road and Greys Road will go up by 20p before 1 December.
This means that 1 hour will go from 60p to 80p, 2 hours from £1 to £1.20 and 3 hours from £1.60 to £1.80. From February 2021 SODC hope to give 1 hour’s free parking in line with other SODC car parks in other towns and to start charging on a Sunday after a public consultation is carried out.
The free hour would replace the current free hour between 9.00-10.00am. If parking for more than 1 hour at any time, the free hour will be added to the ticket.
These are the first price increases to be introduced in 13 years. The price increases can be introduced without consultation and will therefore be implemented in the coming months once a public notice period has concluded and new signage is ready.
Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “At the Cabinet meeting we agreed to take forward these potential changes to our parking policy and we would urge people to have their say when the public consultation launches later this year.
“Prices have not gone up in 13 years whilst our costs, which in some cases include the maintenance of free public toilets, have been rising steadily. We think that it is not unreasonable to introduce a small increase in order to pay for this service.”
“It’s important that people are able to have their say on issues such as charging hours, the free hour in all car parks and Sunday charging, and measures that we are looking to introduce to reduce vehicle emissions through promoting the use of electric vehicles.”
“Some of the measures we are looking to introduce, such as changes to charging hours and how we allocate permits, are at the request of local traders and are aimed at improving the availability of parking spaces for shoppers, bringing more people to our town centre shops and cafes.”
The Gardiner Place entrance to the Kings Road car park was due to reopen this week but this has now been delayed by South Oxfordshire District Council.