Residents revolt as parking permits head for Cowley roads

Residents Graham and Rachelle Newbold

Residents Graham and Rachelle Newbold

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NEW parking restrictions could soon be rolled out in Cowley to stop city-bound motorists dumping their cars there.

Controlled parking zones (CPZs) could be introduced on streets off Barns Road, stretching from Bartholomew Road to Between Towns Road.

A yearly permit could cost £50 for the first two cars, and £16 for a visitors’ pass – the price set by the county council for Oxford parking zones.

It follows complaints about motorists leaving their cars there and catching buses into the city centre.

County councillors John Sanders, David Henwood and Christine Simm will now ask residents about the proposal.

Mr Sanders said the scheme could be funded by developers’ cash, but could not say how much it might cost or which developers would be involved.

He added: “The questionnaire is just to gauge opinion – do people want a CPZ or not?

“The only people who can, and should, decide are the residents themselves.

“Whatever happens, I know I won’t be able to please everyone. It is with some trepidation that I suggested this idea to people in Cowley.

“But I think it could be the only solution. The problem is mainly commuters who park near a bus stop and then get the bus into town. There are also a lot of HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) which can see five or six different people having cars at one property.

“But this is a problem the crops up again and again, and at the end of the day it is not unreasonable that people should be able to park on the street that they live in.”

The Grates, one of the roads which could fall under the CPZ, at present has unrestricted parking. Residents there are unhappy about the proposals.

Gesturing to his red-brick drive, Graham Newbold, 42, said: “Because people are inconsiderate I paid almost £2,000 to have this installed. It is the only way I could have somewhere to park.”

He said shoppers could park in the Templars Square car park for £2.50 a day, rather than pay £15 to park in the city centre Westgate car park.

“But people park here and get the bus instead," added Mr Newbold. “They need to be more considerate. I know it is only £50, but it is the principal.

“Why should we pay to park on our own street?”

His wife Rachelle, 41, said: “Sometimes ambulances have to park in the middle of the road because they can’t get outside the house. It is frustrating.”

Heather McManus, 26, who also lives on The Grates, said: “I have a driveway so it would not affect us, but it could if we had friends over.

Neighbour Iffat Hussain, 30, said: “I like the idea because sometimes there’s too many cars crowding the road.”

  • Roads that could fall within the zone are: Dodgson Road, Liddell Road, Gaisford Road, The Grates, Hampden Road, Hockmore Street, Boswell Road, Bailey Road, Knolles Road, St Luke’s Road, Napier Road, Phipps Road, Banjo Road, Crowell Road and Batholomew Road.
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6:59am Mon 25 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

This will happen despite what the residents vote for. The Council only carry out these consultations because they have to by law, but then ignore the results. 87% of residents voted against the scheme on Blackbird Leys and guess what the council done? As usual ignored the results and brought the scheme in. What they should say before the vote is are they going to go with the majority vote or not. They won't do this because their minds are already made up.
This will happen despite what the residents vote for. The Council only carry out these consultations because they have to by law, but then ignore the results. 87% of residents voted against the scheme on Blackbird Leys and guess what the council done? As usual ignored the results and brought the scheme in. What they should say before the vote is are they going to go with the majority vote or not. They won't do this because their minds are already made up. HomerSimpsonDoh
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7:03am Mon 25 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Good idea, so long as the people who voted for Saunders and his fellow Labour City and County councillors realise that they themselves won't have the right to park outside their homes any more - and that whilst a good income for the Council, a parking permit doesn't guarantee a parking space, but just immunity from getting a parking ticket if their vehicle shows the correct permit for the zone where they have parked it. The real issue is about getting rid of 'on-street parking' other than for emergencies - and that doesn't mean people with the much-abused 'disability' stickers either, like them who park opposite Wetherspoons all afternoon, while boozing!
Good idea, so long as the people who voted for Saunders and his fellow Labour City and County councillors realise that they themselves won't have the right to park outside their homes any more - and that whilst a good income for the Council, a parking permit doesn't guarantee a parking space, but just immunity from getting a parking ticket if their vehicle shows the correct permit for the zone where they have parked it. The real issue is about getting rid of 'on-street parking' other than for emergencies - and that doesn't mean people with the much-abused 'disability' stickers either, like them who park opposite Wetherspoons all afternoon, while boozing! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Mon 25 Aug 14

King Joke says...

Myron - please explain how the current system gives people a right to park outside their homes? A kind of magic force-field that deters commuters or other residents parking there?
Myron - please explain how the current system gives people a right to park outside their homes? A kind of magic force-field that deters commuters or other residents parking there? King Joke
  • Score: -1

1:42pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters.

If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic.
Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters. If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic. Andrew:Oxford
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3:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

The racer says...

principle, not principal...
principle, not principal... The racer
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4:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

King Joke says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters.

If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic.
Andrew, please explain why it would be desirable to attract large levels of commuting traffic into the Cowley area? The bus would no longer take '10-30 minutes' if it were stuck in the queue of singly-occupied cars queuing for the car park.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters. If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic.[/p][/quote]Andrew, please explain why it would be desirable to attract large levels of commuting traffic into the Cowley area? The bus would no longer take '10-30 minutes' if it were stuck in the queue of singly-occupied cars queuing for the car park. King Joke
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5:40pm Mon 25 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Where do these alleged people working in Oxford come from? Can only be Milton Chalgrove area. My guess is that most of the cars are residents or from the Business park.
Where do these alleged people working in Oxford come from? Can only be Milton Chalgrove area. My guess is that most of the cars are residents or from the Business park. HomerSimpsonDoh
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7:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters.

If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic.
Andrew, please explain why it would be desirable to attract large levels of commuting traffic into the Cowley area? The bus would no longer take '10-30 minutes' if it were stuck in the queue of singly-occupied cars queuing for the car park.
They are the best served car parks for road infrastructure in Oxford with 3 clear independent routes to the bypass.

I've always thought that the owner of the centre was missing an opportunity by not offering 45 minutes free parking. It would bring in a major footfall from the business park at lunchtime and after work.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Commuter parking is a clear revenue opportunity. Wherever there are permits, there should also be parking meters. If the Cowley multi-storeys had slightly longer opening hours, they would be very popular with commuter parking - there are around 2000 spaces across the 3 sites and only 25 minutes walk to the city centre or around 10-30 minutes on the bus depending on the traffic.[/p][/quote]Andrew, please explain why it would be desirable to attract large levels of commuting traffic into the Cowley area? The bus would no longer take '10-30 minutes' if it were stuck in the queue of singly-occupied cars queuing for the car park.[/p][/quote]They are the best served car parks for road infrastructure in Oxford with 3 clear independent routes to the bypass. I've always thought that the owner of the centre was missing an opportunity by not offering 45 minutes free parking. It would bring in a major footfall from the business park at lunchtime and after work. Andrew:Oxford
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7:41am Tue 26 Aug 14

King Joke says...

All the 'clear independent' routes to the bypass are thoroughly clogged at commuting time thanks to the Business Park. You still haven't explained the benefits of attracting more cars into an area which could jolly well do without them.
All the 'clear independent' routes to the bypass are thoroughly clogged at commuting time thanks to the Business Park. You still haven't explained the benefits of attracting more cars into an area which could jolly well do without them. King Joke
  • Score: 0
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