Still no sign of more parking spaces by health centre

The Oxford Times: Chairman Gordon Roper Chairman Gordon Roper

FRUSTRATION is mounting as there is no sign of promised parking spaces on a “nightmare” road in Greater Leys.

Drivers currently have problems trying to park at the Leys Health Centre in Dunnock Way, and Oxford City Council said they would convert an adjacent green into more parking.

But members of Blackbird Leys Parish Council have criticised the lack of information and action on the plan.

Chairman Gordon Roper said: “I thought they were trying to get more by the end of the year but I’ve not heard anything recently.”

He criticised the city council for “dragging their heels”.

He said: “Instead of getting on with them there are always delays. Let’s just get them done.”

Northfield Brook councillor and board member for housing Scott Seamons said that plans will “move forward” this month when he talks to planning officers.

He said: “We’ve put about £80,000 into the budget for this. We’re going to extend the parking at the health centre onto the grass area next to it. There should be about 20 more spaces, which is needed.“ Blackbird Leys county councillor Val Smith said: “Parking at the health centre is a nightmare. You play hopscotch with the cars.”

The issue was branded an “urgent problem” last year after a quarter of health centre patients said it was their top priority in the Patient Participation Survey.

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7:43am Fri 30 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Parking in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys has, like elsewhere across Oxford, has become a major issue, and pals of mine in Blackbird Leys told me that whenever City Council Candidates knocked on their doors prior to the recent elections, this was the issue which they and their neighbours apparently raised with Candidates. The problem for Oxford City Coumcil is that there simply isn't sufficient money to convert public green spaces into off-road car parking areas, and apparently that if the Council gives the Health Centre parking priority, then somewhere else will suffer from lack of investment in parking provision. This made worse by the gact that when Greater Lwys was built, the idea seems to have been to try and squeeze as many homes onto he land, rather than build adequate road and parking infrastructure - he roads are too-narrow, were not built for public transport use, and projected off-road car parking wasn't enough, even when Greater Leys was built. As for making more parts of Oxford 'traffic free' then the question remains as to where cars are supposed to be parked, and how the people who live in places like Greater Leys are supposed to get to and from their homes? The worrying thing is that over in Littlemore, its latest East Minchery council housing development is already being questioned by locals, as to where the additional cars are going to be parked, when many homes now have two cars, and many parts of Minchery are already suffering from parking issues.
Parking in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys has, like elsewhere across Oxford, has become a major issue, and pals of mine in Blackbird Leys told me that whenever City Council Candidates knocked on their doors prior to the recent elections, this was the issue which they and their neighbours apparently raised with Candidates. The problem for Oxford City Coumcil is that there simply isn't sufficient money to convert public green spaces into off-road car parking areas, and apparently that if the Council gives the Health Centre parking priority, then somewhere else will suffer from lack of investment in parking provision. This made worse by the gact that when Greater Lwys was built, the idea seems to have been to try and squeeze as many homes onto he land, rather than build adequate road and parking infrastructure - he roads are too-narrow, were not built for public transport use, and projected off-road car parking wasn't enough, even when Greater Leys was built. As for making more parts of Oxford 'traffic free' then the question remains as to where cars are supposed to be parked, and how the people who live in places like Greater Leys are supposed to get to and from their homes? The worrying thing is that over in Littlemore, its latest East Minchery council housing development is already being questioned by locals, as to where the additional cars are going to be parked, when many homes now have two cars, and many parts of Minchery are already suffering from parking issues. Myron Blatz
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10:18am Fri 30 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Parking in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys has, like elsewhere across Oxford, has become a major issue, and pals of mine in Blackbird Leys told me that whenever City Council Candidates knocked on their doors prior to the recent elections, this was the issue which they and their neighbours apparently raised with Candidates. The problem for Oxford City Coumcil is that there simply isn't sufficient money to convert public green spaces into off-road car parking areas, and apparently that if the Council gives the Health Centre parking priority, then somewhere else will suffer from lack of investment in parking provision. This made worse by the gact that when Greater Lwys was built, the idea seems to have been to try and squeeze as many homes onto he land, rather than build adequate road and parking infrastructure - he roads are too-narrow, were not built for public transport use, and projected off-road car parking wasn't enough, even when Greater Leys was built. As for making more parts of Oxford 'traffic free' then the question remains as to where cars are supposed to be parked, and how the people who live in places like Greater Leys are supposed to get to and from their homes? The worrying thing is that over in Littlemore, its latest East Minchery council housing development is already being questioned by locals, as to where the additional cars are going to be parked, when many homes now have two cars, and many parts of Minchery are already suffering from parking issues.
There are, of course around 1000 spaces on Grenoble Road that lie empty unless the football is on.

It's effectively the cheapest and probably the best served (subject to a walk into Blackbird Leys) free park & ride in Oxford.

As to the health centre parking. It shouldn't be a local authority expense - it's up to the funding body to sort out their parking issues.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Parking in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys has, like elsewhere across Oxford, has become a major issue, and pals of mine in Blackbird Leys told me that whenever City Council Candidates knocked on their doors prior to the recent elections, this was the issue which they and their neighbours apparently raised with Candidates. The problem for Oxford City Coumcil is that there simply isn't sufficient money to convert public green spaces into off-road car parking areas, and apparently that if the Council gives the Health Centre parking priority, then somewhere else will suffer from lack of investment in parking provision. This made worse by the gact that when Greater Lwys was built, the idea seems to have been to try and squeeze as many homes onto he land, rather than build adequate road and parking infrastructure - he roads are too-narrow, were not built for public transport use, and projected off-road car parking wasn't enough, even when Greater Leys was built. As for making more parts of Oxford 'traffic free' then the question remains as to where cars are supposed to be parked, and how the people who live in places like Greater Leys are supposed to get to and from their homes? The worrying thing is that over in Littlemore, its latest East Minchery council housing development is already being questioned by locals, as to where the additional cars are going to be parked, when many homes now have two cars, and many parts of Minchery are already suffering from parking issues.[/p][/quote]There are, of course around 1000 spaces on Grenoble Road that lie empty unless the football is on. It's effectively the cheapest and probably the best served (subject to a walk into Blackbird Leys) free park & ride in Oxford. As to the health centre parking. It shouldn't be a local authority expense - it's up to the funding body to sort out their parking issues. Andrew:Oxford
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