Free parking in Cherwell for employees who cannot work from home

Cherwell District Council will waive parking charges in its urban centre car parks for employees who absolutely cannot work from home.

Published: Thursday, 26th March 2020

Cllr Dan Sames, Cherwell’s lead member for clean and green said: "The Government message could not be clearer: unnecessary travel must be avoided and people should work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so. 

“To support those who still have to attend their usual place of work, Cherwell District Council is suspending car parking charges in our three urban centres.

"We are asking these people to please identify themselves by placing a formal company-headed letter signed by their employer in their car window confirming that it is essential for them to park in our urban centres to attend work. It is important that this is not abused so that spaces needed by key workers remain available."   

The suspension of parking charges, for eligible workers only, will apply to all three urban centres (Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington). The council has introduced this measure for employees who absolutely cannot work from home and it is important that employers check that their employees meet this criteria before producing letters.

Government guidance for employers and on going to work is available here.