Oxford on-street evening and Sunday parking charges reintroduced

Sunday and evening on-street parking charges are to be reintroduced around Oxford city centre this year.

In December 2005 the charges were dropped, although the limit on the length of stay remained.

Rodney Rose, Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for transport, said: "The financial climate has altered dramatically since then."

The council is cutting £119m from its budget between 2011 and 2015 after government spending cuts.

The new charges will apply to Blackhall Road, Beaumont Street, Broad Street, Cromwell Street, King Edward Street, Keble Road, Longwall Street, Mansfield Road, Merton Street, Museum Road, Parks Road, St Giles, Savile Road, Wellington Square, Woodstock Road, Great Clarendon Street, Walton Street and Norham Gardens.

Mr Rose added: "The current financial climate has left us little choice but to reintroduce these charges to help make savings and protect essential services.

"These charges will obviously be unpopular with many people - and no doubt popular with some others."

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