Free parking boost for Vale Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Motorists across the Vale of White Horse are set for a boost over the extended Diamond Jubilee weekend with free parking on offer in all district council car parks.
Those looking to join in the celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th anniversary will be able to park for free in Abingdon, Botley, Faringdon and Wantage between Saturday 2 June and Tuesday 5 June inclusive.
The move to offer free parking over the entire Diamond Jubilee period is designed to allow people to take advantage of events going on in their communities without having to worry about the extra cost of paying to park.
Free parking over the Diamond Jubilee period comes less than a year after the Vale launched the popular two hours free parking initiative which is designed to boost trade and tourism in the town centres. Since its launch in December 2011 there has been a noticeable increase in the number of short-stay users in the car parks and it is hoped that trade in the town centres has received a boost as a result.
Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Economy, Leisure and Property, said: “There will be dozens of celebrations taking place across the Vale over the Diamond Jubilee period, especially in our towns. Motorists are already enjoying the benefits of two hours free parking however we know that many of the events planned will go on for a lot longer so wanted to ensure people could afford to join in without worrying about having to pay additional costs. We look forward to seeing people taking advantage of this offer, whether it is to go to events in the towns or taking the time to explore the local shops and eateries.”
For information - as a result of the planned celebrations in Abingdon, Abbey Close Car Park will not be available for public use. Between 2 and 5 June car park users do not have to display a ticket, as is usually the case.