The council will ask people to comment on a number of options which will form its new parking order and determine how it operates its car parks across the district.
Options that people will be able to have their say on include:
- Standardising the charging hours across the district so that all areas are treated equally;
- Introducing Sunday parking fees to help ensure spaces are available for people wishing to visit local shops and cafes;
- A full review of how permits work to ensure they are allocated appropriately, depending on the size and location of the car park;
- Offering discounted permits for users of electric vehicles;
- Introducing limited waiting to address parking issues in the Chinnor.
Comments will be considered as part of a formal consultation process with statutory organisations such as the highways authority, police, town and parish councils. The council will look at all comments before finalising and introducing the new arrangements in 2021.
Changes to parking prices
At their meeting on 6 August, Cabinet also agreed two additional changes aimed at ensuring that parking fees will continue to cover the costs of operating the car parks, including public toilets, over the long term:
- prices in all charging car parks are to rise by 20p;
- the all-day fee in Edinburgh Drive car park, Didcot and Wheel Orchard car park, Goring will increase from £3.40 to £5. This is similar to the rates in the neighbouring Network Rail car parks and so should help to free up more spaces in the town centre for shoppers.
These are the first price increases to be introduced in 13 years and reflect the annual increase in costs of running the car parks. These measures 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. The council expects to have these revised charges in operation before 1 December 2020.