Oxford city centres car parks are to increase charges for the first time in seven years. The 20 per cent increase which will be effective from August will affect five of the car parks run by the city council Westgate, Worcester Street, Oxpens, Abbey Place and Gloucester Green underground.

A one-hour stay at Westgate, Worcester Street, Oxpens and Abbey Place will rise from 1.50 to 1.80, a two-hour stay from 2.50 to 3.00 and a three-hour stay from 5.00 to 6.00. Those wanting to remain in the city centre for the full day will now have to pay 17.30 compared to the previous 15.00. Charges at Gloucester Green underground car park will increase similarly. The change in parking fees is estimated to generate 536,000 for the town hall.