Saturday, 21 July 2018

Residents want permit parking in their street

RESIDENTS of a Henley street want sole rights to park outside their homes.

RESIDENTS of a Henley street want sole rights to park outside their homes.

About 70 people have signed a petition calling for residents’ parking to be introduced in Northfield End.

The residents claim their drives are blocked by visitors parking there to avoid having to pay to park in the town centre.

One man, Graham Menzies, sent Henley Town Council photographs of two offending 4x4s.

The petition was organised by town councillor Dylan Thomas, who lives in Northfield End.

Speaking at a meeting of the council’s traffic advisory committee, he said: “The problem for residents, as flagged up by Mr Menzies, is getting in and out of their properties because of visitors parking illegally on the grass verges behind the yellow lines.

“There is a potential loss for the town because these people should be paying to park legally. I’ve got a petition of 70 local residents who are in favour of residents’ parking.”

Chris Hulme, a Thames Valley Police traffic enforcement officer, said the issue of residents in Northfield End had been raised several times before over the last 20 years but when parking restrictions were introduced people  complained.

“We did something and the people were outraged. They did not want it,” he said.

He suggested a solution was to introduce civil parking enforcement but David Nimmo Smith, Henley’s county councillor, said South Oxfordshire District Council did not support decriminalising unlawful parking.

Cllr Nimmo Smith added that residents of Vicarage Road had also approached him about introducing residents’ parking.

He said they wanted to stop the street being used by town centre shop workers and commuters who parked there instead of paying to use the station car park.

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