Reversal on pavement parking plan

Unhappy with the new proposed parking arrangements in Witney are, from left, Councillor Laura Price and wheelchair user Sandy Slack. Picture: OX68674 Simon Williams

Unhappy with the new proposed parking arrangements in Witney are, from left, Councillor Laura Price and wheelchair user Sandy Slack. Picture: OX68674 Simon Williams Buy this photo

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PLANS that would see cars parked on the pavement in Witney could be scrapped after residents described them as “dangerous”.

Oxfordshire County Council had proposed creating new parking spaces in Corn Street allowing drivers to park their cars halfway on pavements.

But after officers received 11 objections from residents they have now said in a report to councillors that cars should only park on the road.

Corn Street resident Sandy Slack, 70, who uses a wheelchair, was one of those against the changes, saying it could lead to accidents for pedestrians.

She said: “The principle of starting to encroach onto pavements is a dangerous one.

“Corn Street in particular is a very busy street with children, elderly and disabled people using the footpaths.

“There’s a whole mixture of activity and watching a car climb onto half a pavement freaks me out.

“We teach children that the kerb is a safe place to be so, even though there will be markings, how are these kids going to anticipate that a car can just drive up on to a pavement?

“I wouldn’t want it done in any road in Witney because pavements are for people and I’d hate to see a precedent set.”

The plans were also opposed by some councillors, including Witney central county councillor Laura Price.

She said: “When you’re walking as an individual, with children or in a wheelchair, it’s not particularly pleasant to think that a car can just wrap itself up on the pavement.

“I spoke to officers about it who said it’s already used in Oxford and people can be fined if they don’t park correctly.

“But enforcement would be an issue because we already have issues with traffic enforcement in Witney.”

Under initial plans, vehicles would have been allowed to partially park on the pavement in an 80m marked stretch on the north side of Corn Street, near the Corn Bar junction.

On the opposite side of the road there would have been a mix of unlimited parking and an 11m length of two-hour parking.

But the council has now put forward a different scheme, in which cars parking on the north side of the street would have to remain on the road and the ‘no waiting’ restrictions would continue directly opposite.

The proposals will be considered by environment cabinet member David Nimmo Smith on Thursday.

 

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11:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

Allowing vehicles to park on pavements, what a stupid idea. As I know only too well Corn Street is dangerous enough now without making it worse. Pavements are for pedestrians, NOT. for cars or bicycles.
C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney
Allowing vehicles to park on pavements, what a stupid idea. As I know only too well Corn Street is dangerous enough now without making it worse. Pavements are for pedestrians, NOT. for cars or bicycles. C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney C ARINGAROSA
  • Score: 6

1:55am Sat 19 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

C ARINGAROSA wrote:
Allowing vehicles to park on pavements, what a stupid idea. As I know only too well Corn Street is dangerous enough now without making it worse. Pavements are for pedestrians, NOT. for cars or bicycles.
C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney
Are people in Witney somehow, err how is a nice way to put it, ah I know, not quite as savvy as those of us in Oxford? We have had pavement parking on many streets for years and have never had a problem with it. In fact it allows the emergency services room to negotiate between parked vehicles, without being held up.
[quote][p][bold]C ARINGAROSA[/bold] wrote: Allowing vehicles to park on pavements, what a stupid idea. As I know only too well Corn Street is dangerous enough now without making it worse. Pavements are for pedestrians, NOT. for cars or bicycles. C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney[/p][/quote]Are people in Witney somehow, err how is a nice way to put it, ah I know, not quite as savvy as those of us in Oxford? We have had pavement parking on many streets for years and have never had a problem with it. In fact it allows the emergency services room to negotiate between parked vehicles, without being held up. The New Private Eye
  • Score: -7

9:14am Sat 19 Jul 14

Up The Manor says...

Why the need to park on the pavements in corn st?
The road is plenty wide enough as it is, with designated parking on both sides of the road.
Why the need to park on the pavements in corn st? The road is plenty wide enough as it is, with designated parking on both sides of the road. Up The Manor
  • Score: 6

11:56am Sat 19 Jul 14

Wackojacko says...

Parking on a pavement is not an offence, regardless of whether there are markings to encourage drivers to park on it (eg Stapleton Road, Oxford). It only becomes an offence when the presence of a parked vehicle causes, for example, a pedestrian to have no alternative but to pass it by walking in the road.
Parking on a pavement is not an offence, regardless of whether there are markings to encourage drivers to park on it (eg Stapleton Road, Oxford). It only becomes an offence when the presence of a parked vehicle causes, for example, a pedestrian to have no alternative but to pass it by walking in the road. Wackojacko
  • Score: -1

5:13pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Sid Hunt says...

Driving on the footway is an offence under section 72 of the Highways Act 1835. In order to park on a footway a vehicle must have been driven on it, ergo an offence has been committed and a penalty can be applied.
Driving on the footway is an offence under section 72 of the Highways Act 1835. In order to park on a footway a vehicle must have been driven on it, ergo an offence has been committed and a penalty can be applied. Sid Hunt
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Sat 19 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

Witney bumkins should be able to get their horses and carts down corn street easy, leave them alone they've got a lot of turnips and stuff to get in.
Witney bumkins should be able to get their horses and carts down corn street easy, leave them alone they've got a lot of turnips and stuff to get in. kiddyboy
  • Score: -1

6:51pm Sat 19 Jul 14

kiddyboy says...

How much room does she want for that wheelchair...you could get 4 across looking at the width of that pavement...........m
oan moan moan....typical of some disabled all take...benefits/cars
/££££ not a bad job is it'
How much room does she want for that wheelchair...you could get 4 across looking at the width of that pavement...........m oan moan moan....typical of some disabled all take...benefits/cars /££££ not a bad job is it' kiddyboy
  • Score: -2

8:44pm Sun 20 Jul 14

the wizard says...

kiddyboy wrote:
How much room does she want for that wheelchair...you could get 4 across looking at the width of that pavement...........m

oan moan moan....typical of some disabled all take...benefits/cars

/££££ not a bad job is it'
Your name says it all. Grow up then your opinions may be better informed, until then, try an Araldite sandwich filled with some Gripfill mayo.
[quote][p][bold]kiddyboy[/bold] wrote: How much room does she want for that wheelchair...you could get 4 across looking at the width of that pavement...........m oan moan moan....typical of some disabled all take...benefits/cars /££££ not a bad job is it'[/p][/quote]Your name says it all. Grow up then your opinions may be better informed, until then, try an Araldite sandwich filled with some Gripfill mayo. the wizard
  • Score: 2

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