To support Small Business Saturday on 6 December, all Cherwell District Council owned car parks will be free for the day.
The move is aimed at encouraging shoppers and visitors to Banbury and Bicester in support of the district's small businesses. The council owned car parks in Kidlington are permanently free of charge.
Please note all other car park regulations will still apply, for example, the short stay regulations. The drop off and pick up point on Banbury Bridge Street will continue to be used solely for that purpose. The free parking will be in effect from 8am until 7pm. All participating car parks will be clearly signed.
Banbury is currently seeing a resurgence of small businesses. In the last three months a number of new small independent businesses have opened in ground floor premises in the town centre, taking the total of independents to almost 150.
Cllr Norman Bolster, Cherwell District Council lead member for estates and the economy, said: "I'm delighted that Cherwell is attracting new growth for small business, and to see the number of empty units declining. Small Business Saturday on 6 December is a national initiative aimed at encouraging support for local independent businesses and the council is enthusiastic to support the idea."
In addition, Banbury market operator Sketts and Cherwell District Council will be making 10 market pitches available on 6 December to students, or new businesses, wishing to try their hand at market retail for the first time. Anyone wanting to take advantage of the offer or who may want to talk about taking a stall at the market in the future can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01295 221704.
Councillor Tony Ilott, Cherwell District Councilor for clean and green issues. has special responsibility for Banbury Market. He added: "If anyone has ever thought about setting up a market stall then this is a great opportunity to give it a go. This Saturday you will be able to try your ideas out for free."
For more on Small Business Saturday visit: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/