Oadby & Wigston car parking charges to be introduced from 4 January

Published: Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Charges will come into force in council-owned car parks in Oadby & Wigston from Tuesday 4 January.

The scheme has been introduced by Oadby & Wigston Borough Council to bring in income that will combat financial challenges and cuts to funding.

Prices will be low, with town centre car parks costing £1 for up to two hours, while countryside and leisure car parks will cost £1 for up to four hours.

Car park users will be able to pay by cash, card or by mobile phone.

There is also an additional option to purchase permits through the council’s website, which allows regular users to make further savings over a six-month or one-year period.

The borough council has resisted car parking charges for many years and is the last local authority in Leicestershire to introduce a charging scheme.

Car parking has previously been run at a loss by the borough council. It now aims to make £282,000 per year from its car parking charges which will make the service self-financing when costs such as maintenance and enforcement are factored in.

Councillor John Boyce, Leader of OWBC, said: “We’ve resisted introducing car parking charges for many years but unfortunately our financial position has become unsustainable.

“Funding cuts have taken their toll and there is a clear directive from Government that councils need to find income sources and become self-reliant.

“We’ve introduced a scheme that is as low cost as possible, giving people a variety of ways to pay when they park. This is in addition to a permit scheme which allows regular users to make further savings.”