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REMINDERS are being issued that you need to display a parking ticket in Thame from next Monday – even if you do not have to pay to park.

A spokesman for Thame Town Council said: “New rules governing car park charges have been agreed by South Oxfordshire District Council.

“The changes come into effect on 17 October 2011.

“From that day people will need to display a ticket to park for the free hour at the two pay and display car parks behind the Cooperative supermarket and the Cattlemarket in North Street.

“Not displaying a ticket could result in a fine being issued.

Councillor Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We are proud to continue to offer periods of free parking in our car parks, and we know this is something that residents and visitors to the area appreciate.

“We are however aware that a number of people do not pay to park if they stay beyond the free period.

“This is unfair to the majority who do pay and means that it is harder to cover maintenance costs.

“By asking everyone to display a ticket, no matter how long they park for, we are making the system a lot fairer as it will make it easier to ensure that people are not abusing the privilege.”