Proposals to cut parking charges in South Oxfordshire

The cost of parking permits in South Oxfordshire are to be halved under proposals from the district council.

If approved, season tickets will be reduced in Henley, Thame, Wallingford and Didcot, from 1 April.

Other changes, discussed at a cabinet meeting on 13 February, include free parking on Saturdays and during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

They are likely to cost the council about £60,000 a year but it said it wants to give people "something back".

The leader of the conservative-run council, Ann Ducker, said she hoped the changes would encourage people to shop locally without worrying whether or not they had put enough money into the ticket machines.

"In hard times like this it's time that the council actually did something to give back to the people," she said.

Liberal Democrat councillor David Bretherton said he had not yet to seen the proposals in full but applauded the move to scrap fees on Saturday afternoons.

He said: "Anything that encourages people to shop locally is a good thing."

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