Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Move to decriminalise parking

HENLEY councillors are to meet with their counterparts in other market town councils to discuss illegal parking.

HENLEY councillors are to meet with their counterparts in other market town councils to discuss illegal parking.

They hope the meeting with Thame, Wallingford and Didcot town councils will help develop a strategy to achieve civil parking enforcement across South Oxfordshire.

The councillors are unhappy that police community support officers are responsible for enforcing parking restrictions instead of traffic wardens.

Last year, South Oxfordshire District Council said it was not financially viable to employ traffic wardens.

Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin said she hoped that a joint presentation to the district council could persuade it to reconsider. The set-up costs would be in the region of £100,000 and there would be running costs of £30,000 a year.

Cllr Hodgkin said: “The idea is that all the market towns get together as we all have similar problems — too many cars in narrow streets, people parking all over the place and difficulty getting people through town.”

Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak added: “If we say together that we would like the district council to deliver the service I think it will be that much more effective and it could really happen.”

Superintendent Andy Boyd, police area commander for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said he supports the idea of decriminalising parking in Henley. He said: “Parking is a problem in Henley and we do what we can with the resources we have got.”

Cllr Hodgkin said: “The idea is that all the market towns get together as we all have similar problems — too many cars in narrow streets, people parking all over the place and difficulty getting people through town.”

Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak added: “If we say together that we would like the district council to deliver the service I think it will be that much more effective and it could really happen.”

Superintendent Andy Boyd, police area commander for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said he supports the idea of decriminalising parking in Henley. He said: “Parking is a problem in Henley and we do what we can with the resources we have got.”

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