PARKING: Road Hazards

Parking on residential streets is still a problem
Parking on residential streets is still a problem

I would like to thank Mr Jordan for once again highlighting the hazard of parked cars along Bankside (Banbury Guardian, December 26).

He asked whether it will take an accident for the authorities to do anything – infact, there have already been several accidents in the location of these parked cars in the past few weeks!

These vehicles parked along Bankside between the junction of Hightown Road and Newbold Close are a danger and hazard.

People are obviously parking their car, leaving it all day and going to work.

It is selfish , inconsiderate and shows lack of common sense. There are plenty of pay and display car parks in the area but they choose to be inconsiderate instead.

The authorities are not interested at all and it is very frustrating that Thames Valley Police are very dismissive and unhelpful.

Cars are also parking in Lambs Crescent and Green Lane, right on the junction with Hightown Road.

Are the local neighbourhood police in Cherwell Heights even aware these cars breach rule 435 of the Highway Code as they are parked less than ten metres from the junction?

I would have thought that as they have had to attend several accidents in this area, they would be more pro-active in preventing further ones. It is also frustrating that Oxfordshire County Council Highways is not interested.

I would now perceive that if there are any further accidents due to these parked cars then both the police and council should be partly responsible along with the person who parked it there!

Sam Powell

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Same-sex couples: Call for action

The decision of India’s Supreme Court to re-criminalise relations between same-sex couples is a reminder of how far there is still to go in the war to end discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

The move means that people face potentially up to 10 years in jail should they violate it.

That any relationship between two consenting adults should be threatened with imprisonment is a travesty.

This country can rightly be proud of the steps it has taken to end discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in recent years.

Whether it be the creation of civil partnerships under the Labour government in 2005, to the Coalition’s legalisation of same-sex marriages; the first of which, we now know, will take place on March 29, 2014.

This, however, cannot and should not be enough, not while more than 70 
countries criminalise homosexuality.

This includes 41 out of 53 members of the Commonwealth, of which our Queen is Head and 11 where she remains the Head of State.

One of these, Uganda, has even attempted to impose the death penalty.

Regardless of his stated opposition to same-sex marriage in the UK, I urge our Member of Parliament and new Member of the Privy Council, Sir Tony Baldry, to use his influence to demand more action from the UK government in tackling the scourge of discrimination on the grounds of sexuality across the globe.

Cllr Sean Woodcock

Leader of the ppposition and Leader of the Labour group on Cherwell District Council

More letters in this week’s Banbury Guardian.