No reply from council on offer of land to relieve parking problems

Rebecca Lee says the fenced-off land next to her home could be used for parking

Rebecca Lee says the fenced-off land next to her home could be used for parking Buy this photo

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BLACKBIRD Leys residents struggling to park on their road have accused Oxford City Council of not making the most of available space.

Angelica Close resident Rebecca Lee, who does not drive, has spare land fenced-off next to her home that she believes could help solve the problem.

She claims she has asked the council to remove the fencing and free up the space for drivers to park there, but says she has had no reply.

Ms Lee said she had offered to return the land, which she rents from the council as part of her home, as public property.

The mum-of-three said: “I have this garden that I don’t use because I don’t have a car.

“The weeds have come back in the gravel and I just can’t manage it.

“I got in touch with my housing officer when I moved in a year ago, because I never use it, but I never heard anything back.”

The 43-year-old said: “I feel very selfish because it’s just empty space and parking is a real problem here. I did say to my neighbours that they could use it, but without the council taking the fence away I think they feel uncomfortable.

“You could probably fit four cars in there if you did it properly.”

Ms Lee’s neighbour Gavin Brackett, 34, said the lack of parking on the road was dangerous for his three children Gavin Junior, four, Jalle, three, and Annie, one.

He said: “All of my kids are under the age of five, and my only option is to park on the main road where the traffic and buses are coming.

“It poses a risk to my kids’ life when I’ve got three car seats to juggle and three toddlers running around.”

Oliver Prickett, 34, has lived on the close for eight years, and said that it wasn’t just Ms Lee’s land the council should turn into parking.

He said: “I don’t see why we can’t park on the grass square at the end of the road. We don’t need that much grass when on some days I can’t park on my road.”

But Gwen Green, 61, said: “We like the green. There’s too much grass going in our city.

“You can’t be looking at concrete and parked cars all the time.

The receptionist said: “We have two cars and we’re always able to park, and if not you can just park round the corner.”

Council spokesman Chofamba Sithole declined to comment on Ms Lee’s offer but said: “With a budget of just over £1m to be spent on projects over a period of three years, we have now completed new parking facilities on several sites including Blackbird Leys.”

 

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10:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

xenarthra says...

Google StreetView suggests that it wasn't fenced off in 2012. Why was the fence put up in the first place? The council presumably had their reasons for doing so. As for managing the weeds, a fiver at Homebase will sort you out with a spray bottle of weedkiller; ten minutes of spraying later and you'll be weed-free for months. Hardly a major burden.
Google StreetView suggests that it wasn't fenced off in 2012. Why was the fence put up in the first place? The council presumably had their reasons for doing so. As for managing the weeds, a fiver at Homebase will sort you out with a spray bottle of weedkiller; ten minutes of spraying later and you'll be weed-free for months. Hardly a major burden. xenarthra
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10:56am Fri 15 Aug 14

oafie says...

Mum of three- surely you would encourage your children to use the garden. You could allow others to let their children play so as to prevent them running around in the road.
Mum of three- surely you would encourage your children to use the garden. You could allow others to let their children play so as to prevent them running around in the road. oafie
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10:57am Fri 15 Aug 14

oafie says...

PS It is a public highway- not part of resident's property.
PS It is a public highway- not part of resident's property. oafie
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11:00am Fri 15 Aug 14

xenarthra says...

In 2012, before the fence was erected, the plot of land looks to have been being used by someone to advertise their car for sale; hardly a productive use of council land.
In 2012, before the fence was erected, the plot of land looks to have been being used by someone to advertise their car for sale; hardly a productive use of council land. xenarthra
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1:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

The next resident may well be a keen gardener and appreciate the land. Or may simply own a car.

If that was in Headington, the resident could sub-let 6 spaces at £30 a week earning £9000 a year!
The next resident may well be a keen gardener and appreciate the land. Or may simply own a car. If that was in Headington, the resident could sub-let 6 spaces at £30 a week earning £9000 a year! Andrew:Oxford
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1:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

norton manor says...

oafie wrote:
PS It is a public highway- not part of resident's property.
sorry oafie it's housing land
[quote][p][bold]oafie[/bold] wrote: PS It is a public highway- not part of resident's property.[/p][/quote]sorry oafie it's housing land norton manor
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4:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

oafie says...

No Norton Manor I am talking about the road the public highway that the residents refer to as their's and their road. If it belongs to them, I hope they maintain it.
No Norton Manor I am talking about the road the public highway that the residents refer to as their's and their road. If it belongs to them, I hope they maintain it. oafie
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8:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

I am surprised that the council hasn't sold it for housing.
I am surprised that the council hasn't sold it for housing. mytaxes
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