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Residents act to raise parking awareness

The notice residents in Bankside have been putting on the windscreens of cars parked along the road. NNL-140520-162117001

The notice residents in Bankside have been putting on the windscreens of cars parked along the road. NNL-140520-162117001

Residents living alongside Bankside in Banbury have taken matters into their own hands to stop it becoming a public car park.

The road has no restrictions on where vehicles can park, but residents are so concerned about potential accidents they have placed notices on the windscreens of vehicles parked along the road.

About 3,000 people saw the notice on the Banbury Guardian’s Facebook page, with many agreeing something needs to be done to help tackle the problem of cars parking too close to the corner of the Hightown Road junction.

Joanna Harwood said: “The same thing happens on the Broughton Road just after the Queensway roundabout as you are driving into Banbury – double yellow lines and it is a car park! This is dangerous.”

Abbie Minter added: “I don’t drive, and even I can see that it’s not a good idea to park on a corner that already has poor visibility.

“It’s not only incredibly stupid to park there, and upsetting residents, but do any of these people consider the effect their parking has on emergency vehicle access?”

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesperson said: “We are well aware of the problems being experienced in Bankside and have been working on proposals for restrictions that will remove the problem parking.

“We are seeking a view from the police on the proposals and the area they feel they should cover.

“We hope to go out to consultation in the next few weeks.”

 

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