Sunday, 17 December 2017

Councils set to meet over lack of parking

A MEETING between parish and district councillors could be held to discuss car parking in Sonning Common.

A MEETING between parish and district councillors could be held to discuss car parking in Sonning Common.

Parish councillor Leigh Rawlins says there is a severe lack of parking in the village centre that is causing congestion and damaging trade at the shops.

He said it was the responsibility of South Oxfordshire District Council, which owns car parks in Goring and Benson, to also provide one for the Sonning Common before planned new homes were built.

The parish council unanimously agreed to ask the district council for a meeting.

Cllr Rawlins said: “There is a long-standing problem with parking in the village. We’ve now got 32 spaces, which doesn’t meet the needs and isn’t going to meet those needs in Wood Lane, particularly with the huge regeneration in Reading.

“We have one last chance to deliver on these problems while we still have some ground to address it.”

Cllr Rawlins said there was room for up to 120 spaces on unused land to the south-east of Wood Lane. The site was not included in the neighbourhood plan because of traffic concerns.

He added: “It would seem grossly improper to allow housing development south-east of Wood Lane to remove that option before we resolve this problem.

“All the other major villages have district council-provided car parks but we have none. It’s time to resolve this issue and engage with the district council in a positive way.

“We’ve flagged this up in a previous letter about our concerns for the village centre but this takes it one step further by getting them to have a look.”

The council’s planning committee was tasked with approaching the district council.

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