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Sean Woodcock, Labour Leader on the district council, is tabling a motion to the full council next week, proposing that a study of the impact of free parking in Banbury and Bicester is carried out early next year.
“Everyone is concerned about the future prosperity of the town centres for both residents, visitors and businesses.
Revenues to the authority from district council car parks and from commercial rental income in particular at Castle Quay, Banbury, have taken a hit in recent months.
This proposal is to make Thursdays a free parking day for the whole of February next year and see what difference it makes. New and proposed retail outlets and those already on the edge of town, provide free parking and Banbury and Bicester town centres are losing out.”
This Council notes with concern the decline in revenues to the authority from district council car parks and from commercial rental income in particular at Castle Quay, Banbury.
This Council also notes the feedback from businesses and the general public on the impact that parking charges has on visitor footfall into our town centres.
So noted, this council asks the Executive to implement a month-long suspension of parking charges in its car parks from 9.30am on Thursdays in February 2016 excepting ultra short stay car parks and drop-off points.
This temporary suspension of charges should be accompanied by a detailed study on the effect that it does, or does not, have on visitor numbers to our town centres. In doing so this Council believes it will restore public confidence in its commitment to prosperous town centres.
Proposer: Councillor Sean Woodcock
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