Free parking days in the run up to Christmas

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.   The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December

Vale of White Horse

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 30 November

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.” 

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time. 

A417 Challow Road (East Challow) Proposed 30mph speed limit

Oxfordshire County Council proposes to extend the 30mph speed limit on the A417 Challow Road, East Challow. The proposals are being put forward following construction of a residential development adjacent to the A417 Challow Road.  

  • to introduce a 30mph speed limit (in place of the 40mph speed limit) on the A417 Challow Road, east of Letcombe Hill creating a continuous 30mph speed limit towards Wantage.

Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: JaC/12.6.196) to the address below by 14 December 2018. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.

Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 20 December 2018. The papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting.

Please read the information provided on the consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond. 

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/EastChallow30mph/consultationHome