Barton Area Action Plan now formally adopted

Tonight’s meeting of Full Council adopted the Barton Area Action plan as amended with modifications in response to the Inspector’s findings. The boulevard option has been dropped, and the Board member stated that the plans  for housing development on Ruskin fields were unlikely to return.

We still have concerns about access, amenities and effects on traffic congestion – the devil will be in the detail

Have your say on Park and Ride charges

Proposed introduction of

charges for long-stay use of

Thornhill and Water Eaton Park

& Ride sites

The Thornhill site is regularly full by 9am which means that many who wish to use it cannot do so. Approval has been given to expand the Thornhill site and work is due to commence in the autumn. The site is in Green Belt and the extension was approved on condition that it was managed in such a way as to encourage sustainable travel into Oxford – rather than elsewhere – and that there was a limit on the maximum stay allowed for parking.

The County Council is therefore proposing to introduce charging for those who stay beyond 11 hours, which is considered to be the number of hours expected for normal work, business or shopping purposes in Oxford, and to limit the maximum stay at the sites to 72 hours. The proposed charges are as follows:-

  • Parking for up to 11 hours                           free
  • Parking for between 11 hours and 24 hours – £3
  • Parking for between 24 hours and 48 hours – £6
  • Parking for between 48 hours and 72 hours – £9

These charges will be waived for disabled Blue Badge holders, cycles and motorcycles. In addition, electric vehicles using the charging points will also not pay.

Payment of the charge will be by using machines at the sites or via the internet or mobile phone – there will be no need to display a ticket on vehicles. The two sites have been equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) equipment which will be used to match number plates of vehicles entering and leaving the sites and so enable the duration of stay to be calculated. If payment is required but has not been made, site staff will find it and issue an Excess Charge Notice (‘parking ticket’); such Notices will also be issued for vehicles that park incorrectly or stay beyond the 72 hours maximum. Each Notice will be for £100, discounted by half if paid within 14 days.

You can register for the consultation here and submit your comments online before 14 September

Have Your Say events September & October

The neighbourhood team from Thames Valley Police hold regular Have Your Say events at which they ask residents to fill in a survey about the area. This helps us identify what issues you are most concerned about. Here are details of forthcoming sessions:

Date: Monday, 19 September 2011
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: Starbucks, 71 London Road, Headington (outside if good weather, otherwise just inside main door)
Contact: PCSO Jason Martin

Type: Have Your Say Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: outside main entrance (if weather good, or just inside Waitrose, Old High Street, Headington
Contact: PCSO Jason Martin

Consultation on housing sites includes car park

A preferred options paper is going to be considered by the City Executive Board next Wednesday. It has information on sites proposed for housing and development and many are in Headington Ward or will affect Headington Ward residents.  These include (preferred option in brackets):

  • Churchill Hospital site (reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Dorset House site
  • Gipsy Lane campus
  • Headington car park, Old High Street (car-free residential and/or student accommodation)
  • Headington Preparatory School (do not allocate)
  • Headington School (do not allocate)
  • JR Hospital (reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Manor Ground (100% affordable housing)
  • NOC (healthcare and medical research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Old Road campus (hospitaland medical research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Park Hospital (medical teaching and research – reduce car parking provision on site)
  • Ruskin College (main academic site)

Library use of the Dorset House site has been rejected

For a full list and commentary please click here