Traders in Bicester have noticed a difference in footfall in the town following the introduction of two hours free parking.
Last month the 23 Pioneer Regiment puts its name to a £70million development in the town centre which includes new shops, a cinema, and a Sainbury’s supermarket with a multi-storey car park.
Bicester politicians pushed for free parking in the new centre, and the shoppers can now park for up to two hours without charge.
Holly Lewis, who works at the family run Lewis’s Butchers in Sheep Street, said with August as one of their slowest months, it was difficult to tell if the parking was making a difference to their bottom line. But she added: “Before, people were rushing around and were always saying they couldn’t stop because they could only park for so long.
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