CHANGES to parking restrictions on a Henley street are being proposed more than two years after a planning inquiry found it was public highway.
Oxfordshire County Council has launched a public consultation on the plans for Bell Street, which was subject of a failed stopping-up order.
Years of debate about the status of the street ended after the public inquiry in 2012 into plans by the county council to take the land into private ownership.
Now the council is planning to change the make-up of the area by:
• Creating a section of Bell Street outside numbers 94 to 102 as an area for the exclusive use of residents owning a permit with associated double yellow lines.
• Adjusting the location of the pay and display bays outside Rupert House School and to have a 9m length of ?no waiting? from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, for the school?s use.
• Providing parking restrictions in the section of highway outside 11 Northfield End, which would allow some evening/Sunday parking.
• Creating resident permit holders only places and two 20-minute parking places in Northfield End, north of King?s Road.
• Allowing some evening/Sunday parking in Bell Street, near Adam Court.
David Nimmo Smith, the county council?s cabinet member for transport and a town councillor, urged residents to take part in the consultation, adding: ?I will take all the comments into account when I make my decision in May.?
The consultation also involves proposed changes to in other parts of town as follows:
• Clarifying the arrangements in the lay-by in Reading Road, south of Station Road, by creating a formal loading bay with a maximum 10-minute stay. This is what shopkeepers have called for after complaining they had lost trade because their customers were unable to park outside as the lay-by was usually full.
• Creating extra parking for residents? permit holders in Albert Road by changing the existing pay and display parking and having 11 individual bays on the west side of the road, partly on the pavement.
Documents with more detail are available for public inspection at Henley library.
Comments should be sent in writing by April 30 to: Director for environment and economy, Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE.