Monday, 25 June 2018

No sign of wardens

PARKING wardens are unlikely to be re-introduced to Henley.

PARKING wardens are unlikely to be re-introduced to Henley.

Oxfordshire County Council has said it will look at setting up civil parking enforcement if all the district and town councils in the county agree to it.

However, Cherwell District Council is believed to be against the scheme, which would cost about £90,000 to introduce.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley’s traffic advisory committee, town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith said the scheme would be unlikely to break even.

“They will get quite a lot of money as people adjust but then as people respect it, that will reduce,” he said.

Chris Hulme, of Thames Valley Police, said he supported civil parking enforcement.

“It removes the requirement of the police to enforce parking in certain areas,” he said. “It goes from being a criminal offence to a civil offence and it is then down to the council to administer.

“That is the only way that parking will get any better in town centres but, from a council point of view, there are lots of other things to spend their money on.”

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