Blue badge holders can now park for free in Cherwell District Council owned car parks.
On Thursday 1st June, APCOA (national car park operator) took over responsibility for the management of 27 car parks across Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.
This transfer of management means blue badge holders can park for free in any bay.
APCOA has installed new signage in all Cherwell District Council owned car parks, and has agreed to waive parking fees for all blue badge holders who adhere to permitted timescales.
Car parking charges will remain unchanged for all other motorists, with the exception of any parking promotions which have been retained as part of the contract with APCOA.
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwells deputy leader, said:
“We have reviewed feedback from users about existing car park facilities and have appointed APCOA to deliver a series of measures to improve the parking experience for customers. To begin with, this will focus on offering free parking for all blue badge holders and securing various free parking promotions for other drivers.
We know that lots of people would like us to offer free parking all year round but at the moment it is not financially viable. The loss of income we would receive would impact on the provision of other services and threaten our council tax rates which have remained frozen and unchanged since 2009.
Instead, we are looking to offer the free parking promotions we can afford to offer and APCOA will be looking to introduce various measures later in the year to improve car parking facilities for all customers.”