Oxfordshire: Car parks to be made free in run-up to Christmas

Certain car parks in the county are set to be made free in the run-up to Christmas.

The parking spots in Abingdon, Faringdon and Wantage will have their prices slashed to help encourage people to shop local this festive season.

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Starting on November 26 and running until December 17, the free car parking is being provided at various sites owned by the Vale of White Horse District Council.

Drivers will be able to park for free in local car parks on these following Saturdays:

  • Abingdon November 26, December 3 and December 10
  • Faringdon December 3 and December 10 and December 17
  • Wantage December 3 and December 10 and December 17

Councilor Sally Povolotsky, cabinet member for climate emergency and environment at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We urge everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible, however, we recognize that being a largely rural district some of our residents will need to use their cars to drive into town to do their Christmas shopping.

“Christmas gives us the ideal opportunity to visit our great selection of independent traders offering original gifts, many of which are made or sourced locally.

“Shopping at our local independents is particularly important this time of year as many have been adversely affected by the pandemic and are now facing tough economic times ahead.”

People can find out more information on all the car parks from the council’s website – whitehorsedc.gov.uk/carparks

This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: [email protected]

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