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New controlled parking zone aims to drive out commuters
FRESH efforts are being made to start a new residential parking scheme in an area used heavily by commuters, eight months after the plan was first approved.
Oxfordshire County Council had hoped to introduce a controlled parking zone in Cutteslowe this year after it was approved in March.
But a dispute over the signs and markings drawn up by council officials has led to a series of delays.
Now the entire scheme has been redrawn so that people will no longer be able to park anywhere they like for two hours from 10am-4pm.
David Tole, principal engineer at the county council, said a disagreement with the Department for Transport (DfT)- which wanted a different set of markings - was the cause of the hold-up.
“What I was trying to do was to provide all the advantages of a CPZ without all the markings, which are expensive and aren’t always in the right place,” he said.
“What we are faced with is that we cannot do that now.
“Sadly, what would have been the best solution is not available to us.”
Parking problems in the area have been caused by commuters not wanting to pay for the Water Eaton park and ride – as well as Oxford City Council’s recently-introduced policy of charging people to use car parks such as Cutteslowe Park.
David Walter Close resident David Williams said: “The city council has been particularly shortsighted about this issue. We would never have had all this if they had not started charging for parking at the park.”
Jean Fooks, pictured, county councillor for Summertown and Wolvercote, said: “My impression is that most people will think it is a benefit to have the CPZ, though some will regret that we need these restrictions and I do too.
“There is a remarkable degree of agreement on this and subject to a few changes being made, I think people will support the proposals.”
Oxfordshire county council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “In trying to accommodate the particular parking issues in parts of the Cutteslowe and Five Mile Drive areas, the council proposed a pattern of restrictions which required use of non-standard signing.
“At the time of the public consultation and the subsequent decision, DfT were approving such non-standard signs but in June the rules were changed and DfT are now no longer accepting applications for non-standard signage of CPZs.”
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