Date Published: 04 May 2018
Rutland County Council has introduced free two-hour parking in Oakham’s Catmose Car Park on Saturdays.
The decision has been taken as part of the Council’s annual parking review, which also includes a number of changes to parking restrictions following requests from residents, businesses, Town Councils and Parish Councils throughout the year.
A six-month trial of two-hour free parking at Catmose on Saturdays is now underway. Catmose Car Park is located just off Catmos Street, opposite Rutland County Museum.
Free one-hour parking in Church Street Car Park, which was previously introduced as a temporary measure to reduce the impact of long-running utility works in Oakham, has ended.
“We’re pleased to be able to trial free parking in Catmose Car Park on Saturdays as a way to attract more visitors into Oakham at the weekend. It’s a busy car park during the week but largely underused on Saturdays and Sundays, with many of the 122 spaces left unfilled. We hope the offer of two-hours free parking will encourage people to shop and stay longer in Oakham on a Saturday, particularly as we head into summer and visitor numbers peak.”
Councillor Nick Begy, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Highways
As part of its annual parking review, the Council will also make a number of changes to parking restrictions in parts of Rutland, based on feedback and requests received from local people. These include:
- Double yellow lines on Brooke Road, between Brooke Hill Academy and Trent Road
- Double yellow lines on Kilburn End, Oakham, outside the play area
- Addition of residents and limited waiting bays on Derwent Drive, Oakham
- Double yellow lines to prevent HGV parking on Hackamore Way, Oakham
- Limited waiting bays outside Greetham and Whissendine village shops
- Double yellow lines along the south kerb of South View, Uppingham
“Our annual parking review is set up to capture feedback from local people and the Council’s own parking officials, so that we continue to improve our parking restrictions wherever possible. Parking restrictions are important to help keep traffic moving through busy areas while also providing sufficient parking to support the local economy and meet the needs of residents. The changes that have been made this year well help to do this.”
Councillor Nick Begy
For more information about parking services or to submit comments as part of our next parking review please visit our Parking pages.