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COVID-19 update: Parking charges to be re-introduced in district council car parks from Monday 8 June

Since 26 March we have allowed people to park for free in order to support key workers and those who need to shop for essential food or medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, with many restrictions now lifted, and following the government’s announcement that outdoor markets and car showrooms can re-open, and non-essential retail able to re-open from 15 June, we will re-introduce parking fees from Monday 8 June.

This will help to improve the availability of parking spaces as people start to visit local shops again and will also help to encourage them to consider using more sustainable travel methods when visiting our town centres.

Our car parks will operate as normal, meaning that you must display a ticket or have a valid online or text payment confirmation, including during any free hours offered in the charging period.  Normal rates will apply.  We will also issue new permits or re-issue ones to those whose permit would’ve normally expired since lockdown began. 

NHS staff and care workers who display a national COVID-19 pass can continue to park for free.  To claim a pass, staff should contact their employer for more details. 

For all enquiries please email   This link will take you to an external website...  or call 01235 470118.

We have 16 car parks in Didcot, Goring, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Chinnor, Wheatley, Culham, Benson and Wallingford. There are a mixture of short/long stay, free and 'pay and display' car parks that are controlled by Parking Orders (see below).

Car park fees and conditions

Car parking fees apply in the council pay and display car parks Monday to Saturday including bank holidays. Download information on the latest car park and permit fees from the downloads menu on this page, or contact the car parks team.

Payment for your parking can be made by cash, card or contactless at the machines within the car parks, you can also make payment using your phone via Connect Cashless Parking for which there is a small service charge.

You need to display a ticket to park for the free hour at car parks in Thame, Didcot, Goring & Wallingford and the free two hours at Goldsmith’s Lane car park in Wallingford.

The other main conditions in the car parks are:

A maximum stay of four hours at the Church Road car park in Wheatley.

You can also apply for a season ticket.

Pay a car park fine or make an appeal

Car park complaints

If you would like to report an incident of vandalism or misuse within a car park, a health and safety issue or any other car park issue not connected to an Excess Charge Notice, then please use the online form below:

Car park pricing policy

The council reviews the fees and charges every year, according to the locally agreed Car Park Pricing Policy and information from usage surveys (to see how well the car parks are being used) and comments from users via satisfaction surveys.

Road Traffic Act

South Oxfordshire District Council operates the car parks in accordance with schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.

Terms of use of the car parks and charges

The South Oxfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order is the document that sets out the charges for the off-street car parks and the terms and conditions relating to their use. If we vary any charges during the period of the Order then we publish a notice to tell people about the changes. Please see the below for details of upcoming changes to our tariffs.

Last reviewed: 24 - 06 - 2020

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