Parking zone scheme 'making a difference'

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AFTER a five-year battle a Controlled Parking Zone has finally opened in the Divinity Road area.

It means that anyone wishing to park will have to have a permit, or use one of the newly-introduced, temporary free parking pays.

The scheme is being introduced to tackle commuter parking, though there are concerns it will just push the problem elsewhere.

Yesterday marked the first day of the CPZ which extends across Bartlemas Road, Cowley Road, Parsons Place, Hill Top Road, Warneford Road and Divinity Road itself.

Andrew Carter, who lives in Hill Top Road, said: “We have noticed a difference already.

“Hill Top Road has suffered quite badly from all-day parking for quite a long time.

“We are hoping this will restore some sense of order and normality to the street.

“If felt a different and nicer place without all those cars.”

A CPZ is an area where only residents – with permits supplied by Oxfordshire County Council – may park. They are also given a limited number of visitor permits.

There are currently 23 full-time parking zones in Oxford, with another four around the Kassam Stadium, which are enforced only on Sundays and match days.

Divinity Road resident Elizabeth Mills said: “The overwhelming majority of residents here are in favour of a controlled parking scheme.

“Each house is wide enough for one car outside it, but when you get more than one car per house you are going to have parking pressure.

“It is very early days. The students here will certainly wake up to it when they start getting parking tickets.”

Warwick Street resident Amar Latif campaigned against the CPZs.

He said: “Divinity Road has a problem with daytime parking because of the hospitals and Oxford Brookes University. There will be a degree of displacement now.

“It seems to be only a matter of time before the county council drums up a reason for more CPZs.”

From Monday, October 29, the Magdalen Road (North) CPZ will also start operating.

There are currently no plans to introduce a third zone in Magdalen Road (South) because of public opposition, but the council plans on reviewing the situation in six months.

Most of the money for the East Oxford CPZs, which are expected to cost up to £291,000, is coming from Oxford University as part of an agreement to let it extend its Old Road campus.

The county council first proposed the idea of the East Oxford CPZs in 2007.

County councillor Rodney Rose, cabinet member for transport, said: “It certainly took long enough. The reason for the delay was that we were reacting to local pressure and local opinion.

“But nobody in the Magdalen Road (South) area thinks they will have a problem.

“We have done what we can to that and it will be interesting to see what happens.”

Permits can be obtained in person at the county council’s Parking Shop in Speedwell Street.

For details about the new zone, contact 0845 634 4466

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12:48pm Tue 16 Oct 12

bobsmith61 says...

Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter. bobsmith61

1:54pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then
[quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then Dilligaf2010

4:16pm Tue 16 Oct 12

online_reader says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then
Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then[/p][/quote]Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either. online_reader

5:40pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Sid Hunt says...

With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.
With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier. Sid Hunt

6:50pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

It's already on properties for sale in the area on Rightmove!

"This property benefits from being within a city centre resident's parking zone"...

Should add a few £000s to the value of the houses.
It's already on properties for sale in the area on Rightmove! "This property benefits from being within a city centre resident's parking zone"... Should add a few £000s to the value of the houses. Andrew:Oxford

7:22pm Tue 16 Oct 12

JanetJ says...

Sid Hunt wrote:
With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.
And the cars will probably now drive much faster!
[quote][p][bold]Sid Hunt[/bold] wrote: With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.[/p][/quote]And the cars will probably now drive much faster! JanetJ

8:41pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Myron Blatz says...

Why not just demolish student housing, and replace with more convenient parking areas?
Why not just demolish student housing, and replace with more convenient parking areas? Myron Blatz

10:56pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Geoff Roberts says...

bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
That's interesting because on my road the number of drivers driving on the road outnumbers the number of drivers parking on the road. The drivers parking on the road mostly live on the road whilst the drivers driving on the road don't. So essentially you appear to be suggest that residents shouldn't be allowed to park their cars on their roads and that will make it easier for people who don't have to live on the road. Favouring those who live outside the community over those who do.
[quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]That's interesting because on my road the number of drivers driving on the road outnumbers the number of drivers parking on the road. The drivers parking on the road mostly live on the road whilst the drivers driving on the road don't. So essentially you appear to be suggest that residents shouldn't be allowed to park their cars on their roads and that will make it easier for people who don't have to live on the road. Favouring those who live outside the community over those who do. Geoff Roberts

10:58pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Geoff Roberts says...

These roads weren't meant to be driven on either! They were built before cars.
These roads weren't meant to be driven on either! They were built before cars. Geoff Roberts

12:30am Wed 17 Oct 12

SteveOX4 says...

Sid Hunt wrote:
With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.
I drove up Divinity Road in the afternoon. I noticed no difference whatsoever. Vehicles coming down from Warneford end had no trouble, those of us driving up from Cowley Road had to pull over by Stone Street and wait for ages for the endless stream of oncoming traffic to stop.
[quote][p][bold]Sid Hunt[/bold] wrote: With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.[/p][/quote]I drove up Divinity Road in the afternoon. I noticed no difference whatsoever. Vehicles coming down from Warneford end had no trouble, those of us driving up from Cowley Road had to pull over by Stone Street and wait for ages for the endless stream of oncoming traffic to stop. SteveOX4

8:16am Wed 17 Oct 12

Geoff Roberts says...

SteveOX4 wrote:
Sid Hunt wrote:
With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.
I drove up Divinity Road in the afternoon. I noticed no difference whatsoever. Vehicles coming down from Warneford end had no trouble, those of us driving up from Cowley Road had to pull over by Stone Street and wait for ages for the endless stream of oncoming traffic to stop.
Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?!

It was never likely to ease the situation though. If there's no dedicated parking spaces for residents then they've got to park somewhere, they can't be expected to find the nearest car park or go and congest another area by parking there. There's no answer to suit everyone without knocking most of Oxford down. The more cars on the road the worse it will get, the more houses are divided and the more people in those houses can have a car the worse it will get. The more the council and other organisations and people work toward dependency on driving the worse it'll get.
[quote][p][bold]SteveOX4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sid Hunt[/bold] wrote: With all those cars no longer being parked there it should make driving along the road much easier.[/p][/quote]I drove up Divinity Road in the afternoon. I noticed no difference whatsoever. Vehicles coming down from Warneford end had no trouble, those of us driving up from Cowley Road had to pull over by Stone Street and wait for ages for the endless stream of oncoming traffic to stop.[/p][/quote]Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?! It was never likely to ease the situation though. If there's no dedicated parking spaces for residents then they've got to park somewhere, they can't be expected to find the nearest car park or go and congest another area by parking there. There's no answer to suit everyone without knocking most of Oxford down. The more cars on the road the worse it will get, the more houses are divided and the more people in those houses can have a car the worse it will get. The more the council and other organisations and people work toward dependency on driving the worse it'll get. Geoff Roberts

12:19pm Wed 17 Oct 12

bobsmith61 says...

Geoff Roberts wrote:
bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
That's interesting because on my road the number of drivers driving on the road outnumbers the number of drivers parking on the road. The drivers parking on the road mostly live on the road whilst the drivers driving on the road don't. So essentially you appear to be suggest that residents shouldn't be allowed to park their cars on their roads and that will make it easier for people who don't have to live on the road. Favouring those who live outside the community over those who do.
I'm not saying that residents shouldn't be allowed to park on the road, by the way it's not "Their Road", the road belongs to everyone. What I am saying is that either nobody should be allowed to park on the road or anyone can, unless of course it is a private road paid for and maintained by the residents.
[quote][p][bold]Geoff Roberts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]That's interesting because on my road the number of drivers driving on the road outnumbers the number of drivers parking on the road. The drivers parking on the road mostly live on the road whilst the drivers driving on the road don't. So essentially you appear to be suggest that residents shouldn't be allowed to park their cars on their roads and that will make it easier for people who don't have to live on the road. Favouring those who live outside the community over those who do.[/p][/quote]I'm not saying that residents shouldn't be allowed to park on the road, by the way it's not "Their Road", the road belongs to everyone. What I am saying is that either nobody should be allowed to park on the road or anyone can, unless of course it is a private road paid for and maintained by the residents. bobsmith61

12:21pm Wed 17 Oct 12

bobsmith61 says...

online_reader wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then
Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either.
Yes I have a car, I have moved away from Oxford now and live in St. Ives, there is no parking at all on the road outside my house, I rent a parking space about 1/2 a mile away. It's a choice I made, when you buy or rent a property you look at what your needs are and decided what is best. It's a bit like the people who move nearer an airport and then complain about the noise.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then[/p][/quote]Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either.[/p][/quote]Yes I have a car, I have moved away from Oxford now and live in St. Ives, there is no parking at all on the road outside my house, I rent a parking space about 1/2 a mile away. It's a choice I made, when you buy or rent a property you look at what your needs are and decided what is best. It's a bit like the people who move nearer an airport and then complain about the noise. bobsmith61

10:53pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Myron Blatz says...

Maybe the solution would be to replace the glut of student accommodation with more car parking?
Maybe the solution would be to replace the glut of student accommodation with more car parking? Myron Blatz

4:31pm Thu 18 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

bobsmith61 wrote:
online_reader wrote:
Dilligaf2010 wrote:
bobsmith61 wrote:
Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.
You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then
Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either.
Yes I have a car, I have moved away from Oxford now and live in St. Ives, there is no parking at all on the road outside my house, I rent a parking space about 1/2 a mile away. It's a choice I made, when you buy or rent a property you look at what your needs are and decided what is best. It's a bit like the people who move nearer an airport and then complain about the noise.
Well done Bob on your re-location. I will keep an eye on The Packet, and campaign for a Tesco, 99p store, and lap-dancing club in St Ives when ever the opportunity arises, how much fun it will be to interfere in the business of residents over 200 miles away.
[quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobsmith61[/bold] wrote: Roads are meant to drive on not park. If there is to be parking it should either be free for everyone or a pay and display or parking meter.[/p][/quote]You obviously have no difficulty parking outside, or near your house then[/p][/quote]Sounds like someone who doesn't have a car and doesn't think anyone else should either.[/p][/quote]Yes I have a car, I have moved away from Oxford now and live in St. Ives, there is no parking at all on the road outside my house, I rent a parking space about 1/2 a mile away. It's a choice I made, when you buy or rent a property you look at what your needs are and decided what is best. It's a bit like the people who move nearer an airport and then complain about the noise.[/p][/quote]Well done Bob on your re-location. I will keep an eye on The Packet, and campaign for a Tesco, 99p store, and lap-dancing club in St Ives when ever the opportunity arises, how much fun it will be to interfere in the business of residents over 200 miles away. paul from Kennington

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