New parking charges create further chaos

thisisoxfordshire: Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer puppy walkers Mary Bradley, with her son Tom, 10, and trainee guide dog Joker; and Geoff Jordan, right, and his trainee guide dog Mark, are pictured with Don Hessey at Cuttleslowe Park. Pictures: OX53628 Jon Lewis Buy this photo » Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer puppy walkers Mary Bradley, with her son Tom, 10, and trainee guide dog Joker; and Geoff Jordan, right, and his trainee guide dog Mark, are pictured with Don Hessey at Cuttleslowe Park. Pictures: OX53628 Jon Lewis

NEW car parking charges at Oxford’s parks have driven motorists to leave their vehicles in neighbouring streets, it was claimed last night.

Oxford City Council started charging users of Cutteslowe Park, Alexandra Courts, Port Meadow, Hinksey Park and Sunnymead Park for parking last October.

The changes were made as part of a drive to deter commuters from using the car parks, and to generate extra income – resulting in an additional £26,000 up to the end of March 2012.

But residents say the charges have just displaced the problem and have called for restrictions to be introduced in nearby side streets.

Highways chiefs at County Hall have ruled out introducing residents’ parking – known as controlled parking zones – and are instead planning to ban all parking in Harbord Road, Cutteslowe, between 9am and 5pm during the week.

Retired printer Geoff Jordan, 61, regularly travels from Kidlington to walk his dog in Cutteslowe Park. He said he had no choice but to park in the side streets.

He said: “Some people can’t afford this extra tax on their cars. We buy road tax and we pay fuel duty, this is just another tax on drivers.”

At Cuttleslowe Park, drivers are charged 50p for up to an hour and £1 for up to three hours.

Summertown Stars FC uses Cutteslowe Park, and members opposed the plans when they were put forward early last year.

Roger Parry, from the club, said he wanted to know the effect the charges were having.

He said: “I think they should do some research to identify whether there has been an impact on park use.”

City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.”

Oxfordshire County Council also plans to introduce two-hour maximum stay limits in Five Mile Drive.

County council spokesman Owen Morton said: “The current proposal to introduce parking restrictions on Harbord Road follows a request from the local county councillor (Jean Fooks) in response to these concerns. “A public consultation on this proposal is under way and due to close today.

“While the council could never rule out the possibility of proposing a controlled parking zone (CPZs) in the future, at present there is unfortunately no available funding to develop such a scheme.”

Oxford City Council spokesman Louisa Dean said: “We have received very few complaints from residents regarding parking issues in the Cutteslowe area. “However, we are aware that residents have approached local councillors to raise their concerns.”

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12:27pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” .......
........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded?
City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” ....... ........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded? Dilligaf2010

1:05pm Thu 16 Aug 12

davyboy says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” .......
........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded?
the commuters are employed in the city, where parking costs are so much higher, that i can't blame them for using these other sites. however, they should be using the park and rides, which are ther for the purpose. if people are blocking up cutteslowe park, they should be using peartree or water eaton p&r sites, and those blocking hinksey should be at redbridge. maybe time limited parking is the right idea.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” ....... ........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded?[/p][/quote]the commuters are employed in the city, where parking costs are so much higher, that i can't blame them for using these other sites. however, they should be using the park and rides, which are ther for the purpose. if people are blocking up cutteslowe park, they should be using peartree or water eaton p&r sites, and those blocking hinksey should be at redbridge. maybe time limited parking is the right idea. davyboy

5:10pm Thu 16 Aug 12

Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St says...

davyboy wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” .......
........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded?
the commuters are employed in the city, where parking costs are so much higher, that i can't blame them for using these other sites. however, they should be using the park and rides, which are ther for the purpose. if people are blocking up cutteslowe park, they should be using peartree or water eaton p&r sites, and those blocking hinksey should be at redbridge. maybe time limited parking is the right idea.
You missed Dilly's extremely observational point, which was to expose Ms Fooks and the council as liars. RE commuter Parking. Also by banning parking on Harbord rd during the day, the residents will get a shock when they start racking up parking tickets at £60 a pop. I bet they wish they kept their gobs shut.
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: City council Liberal Democrat group leader Jean Fooks said: “We’re trying our best to find a solution. Getting rid of these charges would make a big difference.” ....... ........if the charges were really introduced to deter commuters, then why not merely introduce free parking for the first 2 hours, and install barriers that charge for exit if the 2 hours are exceeded?[/p][/quote]the commuters are employed in the city, where parking costs are so much higher, that i can't blame them for using these other sites. however, they should be using the park and rides, which are ther for the purpose. if people are blocking up cutteslowe park, they should be using peartree or water eaton p&r sites, and those blocking hinksey should be at redbridge. maybe time limited parking is the right idea.[/p][/quote]You missed Dilly's extremely observational point, which was to expose Ms Fooks and the council as liars. RE commuter Parking. Also by banning parking on Harbord rd during the day, the residents will get a shock when they start racking up parking tickets at £60 a pop. I bet they wish they kept their gobs shut. Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St

6:23pm Thu 16 Aug 12

sparky123456 says...

I've echoed Dilly's point whenever I've mentioned parking in Oxford. Why oh why can't ALL council car parks in Oxford be fitted with ticket barrier on entry and exit. The council can then choose to allow 1 or 2 hours free parking at certain sites. Credit cards could be used and it would also deter people hanging around in the car parks late at night.
I've echoed Dilly's point whenever I've mentioned parking in Oxford. Why oh why can't ALL council car parks in Oxford be fitted with ticket barrier on entry and exit. The council can then choose to allow 1 or 2 hours free parking at certain sites. Credit cards could be used and it would also deter people hanging around in the car parks late at night. sparky123456

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