Motorists in Northampton have criticised how former council-run St Peter's Way car park has now been transferred back to its original owners.
Formerly managed by Northampton Borough Council, St Peter's Way - the northern car park closest to shops, including Argos, Peacocks and Iceland - is now owned by private operator, National Car Parks.
The southern car park, Commercial Street is still being run by Northampton Borough Council.
It's understood that the car park - which used to offer free parking on Sunday, Bank Holidays and week days after 6pm - will now charge drivers a fee to park.
One motorist, who has asked to remain anonymous said: "I was in town on Sunday (October 29) and I have never seen so much confusion from people when I was walking through the car park... as it used to be free!
"I tend to use the car park after work for the gym - when it’s free after 6pm.
"I think many people will be caught out as they seem to not offer free parking on Sunday and Bank Holidays after 6pm - bit inconvenient now."
Stuart Rogers from Hardingstone uses the car park five times a week and is disappointed that there was no consultation period. He said: "If you go on the NCP website, to park at night it will cost you £2.50. To be fair, it's a joke."