Bankside parking plans move forward

MHBG-13-03-13 Bankside Parking''Pic by Lucy Ford NNL-141103-165824009
MHBG-13-03-13 Bankside Parking''Pic by Lucy Ford NNL-141103-165824009

Residents have just one day left to comment on plans to introduce double yellow lines to a Banbury road beset by dangerous and inconsiderate parking.

Oxfordshire County Council is looking to introduce parking restrictions along Bankside from the junction of Hightown Road all the way down to number 60.

A public consultation has been drawn up and ends tomorrow (Friday).

Residents have tried for some time to push for parking restrictions along the road, which they say is being used as a car park. They have highlighted issues such as drivers leaving vehicles on or opposite bus stops, on bends and too close to junctions.

Oxfordshire County Council’s highways department discussed the matter with both the Traffic Advisory Committee and bus operator Stagecoach at Easter and residents living in Newbold Close have been sent letters to ask for their views as part of the consultation.

Banbury town councillor Colin Clarke, who represents the Calthorpe ward and is vice-chairman of the council’s traffic advisory committee, put pressure on both the Highways Authority and Thames Valley Police in a bid to resolve the problems. He said he is happy something is being done.

He said: “The problem first started at the beginning of November with vehicles parking near the junction of Hightown Road and because there was no-one monitoring it the word got round and more cars starting parking there – it has got considerably worse since Easter. I can really understand the residents’ frustration about the situation.

“When you come onto Bankside from Hightown Road you are sometimes in the middle of the road and there is barely enough room for two cars.

“The orginal draft proposals were only going to put yellow lines from Hightown Road to the first cul-de-sac at Newbold Close so I am very happy the authorities have gone back to the drawing board and come up with a new set of proposals and have done it quickly.”

The consultation ends tomorrow (Friday). To comment on the plans call 0845 3101 111 quoting ref: DMT/TRO.