Parking bays do a really neat job

Oxford City Council’s Cleaner, Greener services manager Geoff Corps with councillors and staff at the new parking area

Oxford City Council’s Cleaner, Greener services manager Geoff Corps with councillors and staff at the new parking area

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NEW parking bays have been created in a residential close to tidy up the area.

The 13 bays in Redmoor Close, Littlemore, have been installed as part of Oxford City Council’s £500,000 Great Estates project aimed at providing more off-street parking.

And following requests from residents, a tree was moved and replanted by the council’s parks team.

Gill Sanders, ward councillor for Littlemore, said: “They used to park on the grass, it used to get churned up.

It got really, really messy – it was not an attractive place.

“When I was there this week one of the residents came up to me and said what a brilliant scheme it was and how it had really improved the whole area.”

The new parking spaces were created on the grass area in the close, using brick paving with raised kerbs, and the grass area nearby has been protected by rails.

It is the fourth parking scheme to be completed by the council, with new parking bays already provided in Rose Hill’s Ashhurst Way and Monks Close, and in Blackbird Leys Road.

Mrs Sanders added: “There was a large tree that was on the corner of Redmoor Close which was going to be impacted by the development and when I met the officer on site some months ago I asked if they could keep the tree.

“It is a lovely tree and we don’t want to lose it. They dug it up and moved it to another part of the site.”

Cllr Scott Seamons, board member for housing, said: “We are committed to continue to deliver new parking spaces on our estates to solve long standing parking problems and improve the external environment in these areas.

“Many areas have been identified for action but it will take time to resolve them all with the council's budget pressures."”

Cllr John Tanner, board member for Cleaner Greener Oxford and ward councillor for Littlemore, said, “This is an excellent scheme which improves parking and keeps the green space for local residents. I hope this sort of scheme can be used elsewhere in Littlemore in future years."”

The city council budget for the project has been doubled to £1m and the scheme will be expanded to include improving the environment in communal areas in and around blocks of flats.

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2:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Allan1976 says...

I am a resident of Redmoor Close and I can say these bays are not wonderful for some of the people who live there. The only way to get to the first lot of spaces is by walking all the way round, it was also the same for the second lot of spaces but the council agreed to put a pathway down but unfortunately they only put a pathway leading to the second lot of spaces and not the first!. Also If you park in the second lot of spaces and there are cars parked either side of you there isn't even enough room to reverse out without having to go up the pavement so god knows why they left all that grass space when there isn't enough room to reverse out! The residents who are happy are the ones who have a driveway so they don't need to park in these spaces or they live down the bottom in the cul-de-sac. Will the council do anything about it, I doubt it very much.
I am a resident of Redmoor Close and I can say these bays are not wonderful for some of the people who live there. The only way to get to the first lot of spaces is by walking all the way round, it was also the same for the second lot of spaces but the council agreed to put a pathway down but unfortunately they only put a pathway leading to the second lot of spaces and not the first!. Also If you park in the second lot of spaces and there are cars parked either side of you there isn't even enough room to reverse out without having to go up the pavement so god knows why they left all that grass space when there isn't enough room to reverse out! The residents who are happy are the ones who have a driveway so they don't need to park in these spaces or they live down the bottom in the cul-de-sac. Will the council do anything about it, I doubt it very much. Allan1976
  • Score: 1

2:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

online_reader says...

can you not reverse into the space and drive out forwards?
can you not reverse into the space and drive out forwards? online_reader
  • Score: 8

2:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Allan1976 says...

No even to reverse in you have to go up onto the pavement first, its ok if there are no cars parked either side of you as you can then straighten up but if there are cars there you can't!!
No even to reverse in you have to go up onto the pavement first, its ok if there are no cars parked either side of you as you can then straighten up but if there are cars there you can't!! Allan1976
  • Score: -2

2:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

joggiboy says...

just cant please some people ha...Allan1976....A long time ago I paid out of my own pocket to have driveway dropped you've paid nothing and your winging about a path.Tell the council your pay for it then you might get one.P.S get a life
just cant please some people ha...Allan1976....A long time ago I paid out of my own pocket to have driveway dropped you've paid nothing and your winging about a path.Tell the council your pay for it then you might get one.P.S get a life joggiboy
  • Score: 7

3:21pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Allan1976 says...

joggiboy think maybe you need to get a life for replying especially as its nothing to do with you and you don't live there so have no idea what your talking about.
joggiboy think maybe you need to get a life for replying especially as its nothing to do with you and you don't live there so have no idea what your talking about. Allan1976
  • Score: 0

12:11am Tue 11 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

Impressive turnout of Labour councillors in this article, so guess we must be fast-approaching City Council elections when people who are supposed to represent us, suddendly start appearing all over the place, and especially in the Oxford Mail! Did notice that Uncle Tom Cobbley was missing .....
Impressive turnout of Labour councillors in this article, so guess we must be fast-approaching City Council elections when people who are supposed to represent us, suddendly start appearing all over the place, and especially in the Oxford Mail! Did notice that Uncle Tom Cobbley was missing ..... Myron Blatz
  • Score: 3

6:25am Tue 11 Mar 14

joggiboy says...

It's got everything to do with me as I'm a council tax payer Allan 1976
It's got everything to do with me as I'm a council tax payer Allan 1976 joggiboy
  • Score: 1

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