Free parking will be available at Banbury's Castle Quay shopping centre this April as part of a trial attempting to provide a boost for shoppers and businesses.

The first hour of parking will be free seven days a week at all Castle Quay car parks.

This Cherwell District Council scheme builds on the previous successful free parking offer run over the Christmas and New Year period.

Councillor Andrew McHugh, portfolio holder for cleaner and greener communities, said: "We take a positive and proactive approach to supporting the vitality of Banbury town centre.

"Coming in time for the Easter holidays, this extension of our Christmas free parking trial is positive news for shoppers and local businesses.

“We do receive regular feedback from Cherwell residents saying that Banbury would benefit from free parking so we are carrying out this further trial to see what the impacts would be."

Visitors will receive their first hour's parking for free regardless of how long they are parked for.

As per the new arrangements, on entry, visitors will receive a ticket, with fees incurred after their initial free hour deducted automatically upon return to the car park.

Mr McHugh encouraged residents and visitors to make the most of the offer and enjoy Banbury town centre.

Data from the trial will be evaluated by the council to inform future parking policies.