Banbury residents set to see parking changes with Oxfordshire County Council taking over civil parking law enforcement
The new arrangement will lead to the creation of additional paid and posted street parking spaces in the Cherwell district.
The way parking is controlled in parts of Oxfordshire is set to change with the aim of creating safer roads and making traffic easier.
The government has approved the Oxfordshire County Council’s proposal to take responsibility for civil parking enforcement.
The council already enforces parking in Oxford City and West Oxfordshire and will now take over from Thames Valley Police in Cherwell, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse districts, ensuring continuity throughout the county when the change takes effect next month.
The new arrangement will also lead to the creation of additional paid and posted street parking spaces in the districts of Cherwell, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire. These are intended to help towns in the post Covid-19 recovery period as this results in a greater rotation of spaces, which is better for stores and businesses.
The aim is for the new arrangement to be self-financing, with the additional payment and display spaces helping to pay for the costs of application, although there is limited funding from the three districts.
Cllr Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Motorway Management, said: “This is one of the most significant changes the county will make in decades, and we are delighted to make this change. the affected neighborhoods suffer from motorists who park with impunity. Finally, we will be able to take control of the management of parking infractions and give local communities a greater contribution to the enforcement of parking in their local areas.
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All motorists who park legally and responsibly will have nothing to fear from these changes.
Oxfordshire County Council has been running an information campaign in the run-up to November 1 to let drivers who are currently flouting the rules know they can no longer get away with it. If they continue, they can expect to be fined.
Parking infractions, which include exceeding time in pay and display bays, double parking, parking in disabled bays without blue badges and on yellow lines, will be enforced by a contractor on behalf of the council. Penalty fees range from £ 50 to £ 70 but will be reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days.
Cllr Dan Sames, Senior Member of the Cherwell District Cleanliness and Environment Council, said: “This will change the way problematic parking is enforced in the Cherwell District. Enforcement will shift from police officers and PCSOs to enforcement officers employed by Oxfordshire County Council. Those who flout parking regulations can expect to be treated more vigorously than in the past, which should deter reckless and problematic parking throughout the district. Three enforcement agents will operate initially with a primary focus on Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, with the remaining areas being addressed as needed. “
Once civil law enforcement takes effect, members of the public will be able to report illegal parking areas and incidents through a dedicated email address and phone line. Officers will investigate and take enforcement action as necessary.