Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Residents’ parking to cost more

THE cost of residents’ parking permits in Henley is set to rise by more than 20 per cent.

THE cost of residents’ parking permits in Henley is set to rise by more than 20 per cent.

The increase is being considered by Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, because the cost of running the scheme is more than the income from it.

The cost of an annual resident’s permit would go up from £65 to £80, a 23 per cent hike.

The cost of a visitor’s permit, which can be bought by people with a resident’s permit, would rise from 30p to 50p for 24 hours.

Sue Scane, the council’s director for environment and economy, said the permit schemes were designed to provide suitable on-street parking and reduce congestion.



She said: “Firstly, they give residents and their visitors priority for parking where there is a limited amount of parking spaces available.

“Secondly, they restrict long-term, non-residential parking, encouraging greater turnover of parking space availability to ensure that spaces are more likely to be available for those who need to be close to the area (i.e. loading, quick trips to specific shops etc.).

“Restrictions on longer term parking also encourage greater use of public transport.

“Since the introduction of charges in 1995 in Henley the cost of operating the scheme (including enforcement) has increased to a level where operations are subsidised by other council budgets.

“The purpose of this order is to try to ensure sufficient revenue is raised to cover the costs of permit parking places and thereby sustain the permit parking schemes.”

Public consultation is taking place until Friday, March 6. Comments should be sent in writing to: Director for environment and economy, Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford OX1 1NE (ref. DMT/permits) or by email to traffic.consult@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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