Commuters to be moved out

Bicester Advertiser: Albert Parker, of Woodfield Road, who is tired of commuters using his street Albert Parker, of Woodfield Road, who is tired of commuters using his street

THE days of commuters using Bicester side streets as unofficial car parks are set to come to an end.

Oxfordshire County Councillor Michael Waine has put forward proposals to create two no-waiting areas in six residential streets – Balliol Road, Basset Avenue, Blake Road, Cedar Drive, Magdalen Close and Woodfield Road – to stop rail travellers parking there.

Residents in Woodfield Road said they have had problems with commuters blocking the streets for years and welcomed the proposals. They said drivers turn up from 6am, block the street and driveways, and leave their vehicles for up to 12 hours a day.

The situation is so bad that people have to leave bins near the entrance of Woodfield Road and the refuse truck has to reverse in. Parking costs £6.50 a day at Bicester North station.

Mr Waine’s plans would see two one-hour no-waiting zones imposed, on one side of the street, between 11am and 1pm. He said: “I’m responding to residents’ concerns about the potential for emergency vehicles getting access.” He said the traffic order would only be imposed with strong support from residents.

Householders living on Woodfield Road said they supported the initiative but raised concerns that residents could end up being penalised. Kathleen Baggett said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea. We have problems sometimes getting out of our driveway because of all the cars.

“The only problem I see now is, are the cars going to come and park on the verge?” Albert Parker said he was supportive of measures to stop commuter parking, but was concerned residents could be fined if they were unable to move their cars.

He said of commuters: “They are here at 6am. They just bung up the place.”

Related links

Mr Parker described one distressing incident where the hearse carrying his mother-in-law had to mount the kerb because the street was blocked. Patricia Jefferies said commuters had told her they parked in side streets because they could not afford parking fees at Bicester North Station.

She said: “When we first moved here it was ‘spot the car’ – now you can’t move.”

Victoria Crane said: “These people have no regard for our lives. It’s not hard to work out that a bungalow generally means older residents.” Consultation ended yesterday and a decision is expected to be made early next year.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:07pm Fri 16 Nov 12

snert says...

I can understand the concerns however, people will always find places to park for free and you cannot put restrictions everywhere and police them in a cost effective way. The problem is stemming from the fact that parking is charged for at the station at an extortionate rate. Train tickets are already a rip off without the extra shafting you get from the parking charge as well.

You can't make parking free in the station as that would open them up to abuse of people parking there for free and avoiding being charged for parking in the town.
I can understand the concerns however, people will always find places to park for free and you cannot put restrictions everywhere and police them in a cost effective way. The problem is stemming from the fact that parking is charged for at the station at an extortionate rate. Train tickets are already a rip off without the extra shafting you get from the parking charge as well. You can't make parking free in the station as that would open them up to abuse of people parking there for free and avoiding being charged for parking in the town. snert

5:36pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

It's a challenge isn't it.

Help the economy by encouraging people to work for a living, or withdraw free parking and chargepeople more than an hours minimum wage to park their car...
It's a challenge isn't it. Help the economy by encouraging people to work for a living, or withdraw free parking and chargepeople more than an hours minimum wage to park their car... Andrew:Oxford

2:38am Sat 17 Nov 12

Severian says...

Michael is absolutely right to tackle the symptom of the commuter parking. Unfortunately the real cause is the extortionate cost of parking imposed by Chiltern Railways - for someone who uses the train to work every day it could add up to over £1,000 a year.

All that will happen is that the people who live a few streets further from the station will get people parking in their roads instead.

We are meant to be encouraging people to use public transport, so we should expect parking at the station to be free, rather than legalised extortion.
Michael is absolutely right to tackle the symptom of the commuter parking. Unfortunately the real cause is the extortionate cost of parking imposed by Chiltern Railways - for someone who uses the train to work every day it could add up to over £1,000 a year. All that will happen is that the people who live a few streets further from the station will get people parking in their roads instead. We are meant to be encouraging people to use public transport, so we should expect parking at the station to be free, rather than legalised extortion. Severian

9:03am Sat 17 Nov 12

mummy23 says...

I agree with Mr Parker, his street is very difficult to park in, i often visit my frfiend there and find it very hard to park indeed, its very frustrating, especially seeing as they have bungalows in the street which house elderly people. an ambulance would never get round the street with ease if needed. Bicester has a major parking problem at the moment i agree but that does'nt mean residents should suffer for this problem. I hope to see an end to it soon, for all the residents on woodfield road.
I agree with Mr Parker, his street is very difficult to park in, i often visit my frfiend there and find it very hard to park indeed, its very frustrating, especially seeing as they have bungalows in the street which house elderly people. an ambulance would never get round the street with ease if needed. Bicester has a major parking problem at the moment i agree but that does'nt mean residents should suffer for this problem. I hope to see an end to it soon, for all the residents on woodfield road. mummy23

2:28pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

mummy23 wrote:
I agree with Mr Parker, his street is very difficult to park in, i often visit my frfiend there and find it very hard to park indeed, its very frustrating, especially seeing as they have bungalows in the street which house elderly people. an ambulance would never get round the street with ease if needed. Bicester has a major parking problem at the moment i agree but that does'nt mean residents should suffer for this problem. I hope to see an end to it soon, for all the residents on woodfield road.
Perhaps pay & display meters on the street would help - perfect if the majority of the houses have off street parking and would raise lots of income for the local authority.
[quote][p][bold]mummy23[/bold] wrote: I agree with Mr Parker, his street is very difficult to park in, i often visit my frfiend there and find it very hard to park indeed, its very frustrating, especially seeing as they have bungalows in the street which house elderly people. an ambulance would never get round the street with ease if needed. Bicester has a major parking problem at the moment i agree but that does'nt mean residents should suffer for this problem. I hope to see an end to it soon, for all the residents on woodfield road.[/p][/quote]Perhaps pay & display meters on the street would help - perfect if the majority of the houses have off street parking and would raise lots of income for the local authority. Andrew:Oxford

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree