Saturday, 21 July 2018

Residents call for parking permits

FRESH calls have been made for a residents’ parking permit scheme in a busy

FRESH calls have been made for a residents’ parking permit scheme in a busy area of Whitchurch.

Householders in Hardwick Road and High Street say they struggle to park near their homes because other vehicles often take all the space.

There are no double yellow lines so anyone can park there, although not within 10m of the junction of the two streets.

Residents say the restriction is poorly policed and they often park in that area because it is as close to their properties as they can get.

Melanie Taylor, who was recently fined for parking there, urged Whitchurch Parish Council to press Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, for a solution.

Ms Taylor, of Hardwick Road, said: “The situation is ridiculous. The parish council and residents need to sort something out.

“I feel hurt that I have been fined for parking close to my property, which is a rarity these days. More often than not, I have to use friends’ driveways.

“I appreciate that the police are only doing their job but I have seen many vehicles parked far nearer the junction than I was.”

Helen Willis, of High Street, said: “If permits were issued, we and I’m sure many others would be happy to pay an annual fee.

“Other parked vehicles present a huge problem when you are returning home with children or shopping, or if workmen, removal lorries or elderly visitors are expected.

“Can somebody please persuade the council to look again at permits? I appreciate that it may be difficult to police but residents could issue polite notices explaining why the bays are there.”

Parish councillor Dave Bowen said a permit scheme was ruled out as impractical to police and too expensive.

An alternative might be directing people to the car park in Eastfield Lane.

Cllr Bowen said: “Parking in the village is a problem for residents, particularly on that junction. Unfortunately, with so little parking on High Street and Hardwick Road, there isn’t space for everybody to park outside their house. This is compounded where people have second or third cars.

“It should be remembered that nobody has a right to park outside their house or to stop others parking there.

“A quick fix would be ideal and the parish council would welcome any suggestions.”

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