Cotswold District Council has agreed to implement a new season ticket offer and to increase car parking charges to help maintain car parks, invest in improvements and increase the availability of spaces.

The Council is also planning to invest in the future of its car parks by installing new electric vehicle charging points and by making enhancements across the Council car parks.

A new season ticket offer has been approved that will abolish the waiting list for seasonal parking permits.

A maximum season ticket allocation policy of 50% for each car park will be implemented to ensure enough availability for people without season tickets. No new season tickets will be sold for car parks above this threshold.

The Council is removing the ‘free after 3 pm’ scheme which was introduced in 2015 at a time where there was a shortage of parking spaces in Cirencester while maintenance work in the Forum car park was taking place.

As part of the Council's budget consultation last autumn, residents were asked whether they thought charging periods in car parks should change in order to raise much-needed additional revenue. Of the three alternative changes presented, re-introducing charges between 3pm to 6pm was the preferred option.

Changes to charges in Tetbury are designed to encourage more use of the Church Street and Old Railyard car parks and therefore to reduce pressure on spaces in the West Street car park.

In recognition of the Whiteway car park only being accessible by season ticket holders from Monday to Friday, the annual season ticket price in that car park will be £100 lower than in the Waterloo, Old Station and Sheep Street car parks and £150 lower than in the Abbey car park.

Tickets for three months and six months parking at the Whiteway car park will now be available for £125 and £250 respectively. The Whiteway car park also has four EV charging bays for electric vehicles up and running.

All Cotswold District car parks will now be operated at the same times on Mondays to Saturdays, with charging from 8am to 6pm. It will remain free to park on Sundays except those in Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold,