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Traffic survey ‘to lead to commuter parking blitz’
HIGHWAYS officers are to survey traffic in Old Marston in a move that councillors hope will lead to new restrictions.
Oxfordshire County Council will soon carry out a one-day survey of parking patterns in an effort to address concerns over commuter parking in the area.
Old Marston Parish Council chairman Charlie Haynes said it had been requesting the survey for two to three years.
As the highways authority, only the county council can make orders to restrict parking, such as through double yellow lines, but the survey will arm them with information.
Mr Haynes said: “It is the best way forward. They need to know what the problems are and what we can implement.”
Workers at Oxford Brookes University and Headington’s hospitals are regular culprits for parking in the village, he said.
He added: “They are going to look at where the hot spots are in the day for commuters.
“The issue will certainly show up and we have been assured it will be addressed.
“It is getting to the stage where buses can’t even go along Marston Road.”
He said he hopes Marston Road, Ewing Close and Carter Estate will be among the places surveyed.
Yellow lines and restricting parking to certain times – probably 11am to 3pm – are among Mr Haynes’ ideas.
Yet he said: “The parish council would be reluctant to introduce residents’ parking permits.
“We think of it as unfair for people who don’t have the ability to park off the road.”
Much of Oxford is managed through county council controlled parking zones, where residents pay £50-a-year for street parking permits.
County council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “The county council agreed with the parish council that it would undertake a parking survey once the students had returned.
“We are still in discussions with the council about the best time to carry out the survey as we need to choose what could be considered a typical day.
“The survey will involve regular counts starting late at night and through the day.
“We make assumptions, based on when cars are parked and for how long, as to whether they are residents, commuters or people visiting residents.
“What the survey finds will help us decide what action we could take. We will discuss the findings with the parish council.”
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