First hour’s parking free at Castle Quay throughout April

People are encouraged to visit Banbury town centre and benefit from a free parking trial at Castle Quay as the council seeks to provide a boost for shoppers and businesses.

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2024

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People will get their first hour’s parking free during April, every day of the week, at all Castle Quay car parks. The initiative builds on a previous, successful free parking offer run by Cherwell District Council at Castle Quay during the Christmas holiday period and new year.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, Portfolio Holder for Cleaner and Greener Communities, said: “We take a positive and proactive approach to supporting the vitality of Banbury town centre. Coming in time for the Easter holidays, this extension of our Christmas free parking trial is positive news for shoppers and local businesses.

“We do receive regular feedback from Cherwell residents saying that Banbury would benefit from free parking so we are carrying out this further trial to see what the impacts would be.

“There is so much to see and enjoy in Banbury with the arrival of spring. From the exciting Waterfront cinema and leisure development to the independent shops and green spaces, I hope visitors and local residents make the most of this offer and enjoy Banbury town centre over the Easter period.”

Parking at Castle Quay

Regardless of how long they park at Castle Quay, people will get their first hour free.

Upon entry, visitors will receive a ticket. Any parking time exceeding the first hour will be charged upon return to the car park, with the cost for the first hour automatically deducted.

Clear signage explaining the offer will be displayed at the entrance of the car parks.

Parking at Castle Quay is also free overnight from 6pm to 7am.

The council will evaluate data from the April trial to help inform its future parking policies. The trial offer is limited to Castle Quay’s North 1, North 2 and South car parks.

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