Date set for reintroduction of Oxford parking charges

Sunday and evening on-street parking charges will be reintroduced in Oxford city centre from Tuesday 30 August.

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.

No action will be taken at this stage to reintroduce Pay and Display machines in High Street, which will mean that evening parking will remain free of charge.

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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