'We're taking on commuters with a car poster campaign'

thisisoxfordshire: Resident Pete Cranston, left, with Christopher Terry, co-chairman of Iffley Fields Residents’ Association parking action group Resident Pete Cranston, left, with Christopher Terry, co-chairman of Iffley Fields Residents’ Association parking action group

CARS in Iffley Fields will soon be bearing posters saying ‘My owner lives on this street. Do you?’ in an attempt to stop commuters parking in the area.

The Iffley Fields Residents’ Association parking action group is giving the leaflets out for Stratford Street residents to put on their car windscreens.

The group’s co-chairman Christopher Terry, who lives in Stratford Street, said: “There’s been growing tension and frustration because of the parking in recent months.

“We have designed a small poster that we will put in our car windows – initially just along Stratford Street – to gently nudge people to park elsewhere rather than blocking our streets.”

The parking action group previously ran a survey of Iffley Fields residents, with half of respondents saying they would consider some restrictions, potentially including a controlled parking zone (CPZ).

Residents believe the parking problems are caused by the introduction of another CPZ on the other side of Iffley Road.

The Magdalen Road North zone was introduced in 2012 after five years of consultations and delays.

Mr Terry believes commuters are now parking in Iffley Fields instead, particularly in Stratford Street, and then cycling or walking into central Oxford.

The 62-year-old said: “We have tried to set up a meeting with Oxfordshire County Council, hopefully for early July, to explore what our options are.

“We want to work with the council, rather than bang the table demanding things immediately.

“In my opinion the best thing to do would be make it so that in the middle of the day you can only park there for two-to-three hours if you’re not a resident.

“We’re aware that even if the council agree, there could be quite a long time before anything is done.

“We want to keep the interest up among residents, so these posters will also raise awareness of the problem.”

David Williams, Oxfordshire county councillor for Iffley Fields, said: “They are trying to assess which cars belong to people who are residents and which belong to commuters.

“That way we can get data and work out how many spaces making it residents-only would create. That’s the objective.”

Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “We are aware of the work the residents are doing at the moment and are always willing to discuss concerns and remain open to suggestions.

“However, at present there is no funding available to carry out further parking reviews in the area.”

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7:07am Thu 12 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Parking sectarianism...
Parking sectarianism... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 8

7:50am Thu 12 Jun 14

tinsel84 says...

Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)
Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;) tinsel84
  • Score: 10

8:47am Thu 12 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

tinsel84 wrote:
Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)
You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed?
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)[/p][/quote]You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed? EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

9:38am Thu 12 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
tinsel84 wrote:
Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)
You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed?
Not really.

I can't get annoyed about people doing the same as I do when I'm visiting or working in other towns and cities.

It's all about balance.

The biggest issue is that there is a clear untapped source of revenue here for the city. Perhaps there should be a single CPZ that covers every street within the ring-road and a method to pay for parking on every street too.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)[/p][/quote]You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed?[/p][/quote]Not really. I can't get annoyed about people doing the same as I do when I'm visiting or working in other towns and cities. It's all about balance. The biggest issue is that there is a clear untapped source of revenue here for the city. Perhaps there should be a single CPZ that covers every street within the ring-road and a method to pay for parking on every street too. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

10:30am Thu 12 Jun 14

LouiseOxford says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
tinsel84 wrote:
Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)
You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed?
But that's the thing, I DON'T expect to park outside my house, because I live in walking distance from a city centre. I live one road along from a CPZ and am quite happy. I understand if I want to live in the centre, there's not a lot of room for cars. Plus I'd much rather park a minute's walk from my house than pay £50/year to park 30secs closer! And have to pay for visitor permits.
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Umm, if a car is insured, MOTed and excise duty is paid, it can be parked on any street . You do not "own" your street, or your parking space, it's a public road. Reading this has actually made me want to park at Iffley Fields! ;)[/p][/quote]You can see these people's point, though. There is an expectation to be able to park near your own home. I guess if commuters started parking outside your house, you'd probably get a bit annoyed?[/p][/quote]But that's the thing, I DON'T expect to park outside my house, because I live in walking distance from a city centre. I live one road along from a CPZ and am quite happy. I understand if I want to live in the centre, there's not a lot of room for cars. Plus I'd much rather park a minute's walk from my house than pay £50/year to park 30secs closer! And have to pay for visitor permits. LouiseOxford
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

King Joke says...

Are these the same residents who opposed a CPZ? THey've got their just desserts now, and if they expect a voluntary system to work they are deluded.

Without a CPZ, Tinsel is right, there is nothing to stop commuter parking.

I live in a CPZ and it works just fine. Sometimes we park outside the house and other times 100 m away. Without the CPZ we'd never get a look-in and builders, plumbers etc would have to use the Park & Ride to visit us. For £1 a week with a big fat wodge of free visitor permits it's well worth it.
Are these the same residents who opposed a CPZ? THey've got their just desserts now, and if they expect a voluntary system to work they are deluded. Without a CPZ, Tinsel is right, there is nothing to stop commuter parking. I live in a CPZ and it works just fine. Sometimes we park outside the house and other times 100 m away. Without the CPZ we'd never get a look-in and builders, plumbers etc would have to use the Park & Ride to visit us. For £1 a week with a big fat wodge of free visitor permits it's well worth it. King Joke
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

GaryOxford says...

Just to confirm, the residents didn't pay for the road to be installed, they don't pay for the ongoing maintenance of the road or the street lights etc.
This is all paid for by the tax payer.
But some local busy bodies think that they get to have a say over who uses 'their' road. Which isn't 'their' road in the first place.
Maybe the residents should park on their own drives? Or if parking is such a problem do away with their cars. Walk, cycle or take advantage of the public transport.
Just to confirm, the residents didn't pay for the road to be installed, they don't pay for the ongoing maintenance of the road or the street lights etc. This is all paid for by the tax payer. But some local busy bodies think that they get to have a say over who uses 'their' road. Which isn't 'their' road in the first place. Maybe the residents should park on their own drives? Or if parking is such a problem do away with their cars. Walk, cycle or take advantage of the public transport. GaryOxford
  • Score: 0

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