Residents asked for views on future car parking plans in Cherwell

Residents in north Oxfordshire are being asked for their views on the area’s car parking.

Published: Monday, 13th January 2020

Residents in north Oxfordshire are being asked for their views on the area’s car parking - including how the current provision contributes to the overall vitality and character of our towns. 
Last year (2019) Cherwell District councillors approved the launch of a consultation covering areas such as car parks, demand for electronic charging points, investigating with partner organisations the potential future models for parking enforcement and the best ways to support events in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.

Councillor Dan Sames, Cherwell’s Lead Member for Clean and Green, said: “Car parking is one of the most visible services provided by the Council. It plays an important part in the quality of the experience our residents and visitors have of our urban centres and contributes to the successes of the local economy.

“Our officers and councillors have been working for some time on this new strategy and councillors debated it in the Autumn. We now want to see what local people think of the strategy before it is signed off. Any responses received will then be considered prior to implementation.”

Among the initiatives included in the draft strategy and action plan are:
•    Understanding the demand for electric charging points and developing a plan for installing electric charging points in appropriate car parks.
•    Maintaining car parks so that they are easy to use and are regularly inspected for potholes and line-markings etc.
•    Making sure a good balance of ultra-short, short and long stay spaces exist to support the range of users parking in our towns
•    Ensuring car parking capacity is considered as urban centres grow with options to be explored to increase capacity if needed
•    Making sure that car parks utilise new technology when appropriate including in the areas of information and payment.
•    Seeking ways in which car parks can promote and support the leisure, community and recreational activities in our town centres.
•    Improving awareness of car parks.

A further key part of the proposed strategy is to explore civil parking enforcement with Oxfordshire County Council. Cherwell has an enforcement arrangement with Thames Valley Police which is intended to continue until April 2021. The council funds a Police Community Support Officer to carry out traffic enforcement via this arrangement.
In June 2017 the operation of Cherwell’s car parks was outsourced to APCOA for an initial five-year period and the arrangement is being monitored as part of the plan.
The consultation will run until February 14 and you can have your say here