Trial to help boost shoppers

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Parking charges are to be reduced in Oakham and Uppingham on market days as part of a six month trial that aims to save money for shoppers and boost local trade.

The decision was taken by Rutland County Council at its Cabinet Meeting on July 21, following in-depth discussions with Oakham Town Partnership about how to improve parking for local people.

The trial will begin in September 2015 and run until March 2016, reducing the price of pay and display parking in Oakham on a Wednesday and Uppingham on a Friday. This will result in flat weekly rates for all council car parks while it will remain free to park on a Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Councillor Tony Mathias, portfolio holder for highways and transport at Rutland County Council said: “After discussions with Oakham Town Partnership we’ve made the decision to cut the cost of parking on market days so that charges are consistent right throughout the week.

“This is being done in response to feedback from businesses and residents.”