Thursday, 24 August 2017

Council wants to take control of parking enforcement

COUNCILLORS have reiterated their desire for illegal parking in Henley to be tackled by parking wardens.

COUNCILLORS have reiterated their desire for illegal parking in Henley to be tackled by parking wardens.

Enforcement is currently the responsibility of the police but Henley Town Council believes that decriminalising it would free up community support officers’ time. Councillors have met with their counterparts in Thame, Didcot and Wallingford and will now try to develop a strategy to achieve civil parking enforcement across South Oxfordshire.

Current legislation means that Oxfordshire County Council, which is responsible for parking on highways, can only pass control to South Oxfordshire District Council rather than town councils.

All the town councils, apart from Didcot, are to press their MPs for a change in the law that would enable the county council to work directly with them. They will also arrange a meeting with the district council, which last year said it was not financially viable to employ traffic wardens.

Last week, district council leader Ann Ducker said that her council would be “quite happy” to take on the role of enforcement but Henley Town Council didn’t want this.

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