Suspension of parking bays for street works

Residents (and police) have asked us for clarification regarding the temporary suspension of parking bays. The County Council has sent the following clarification.

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004 which covers Civil Enforcement, as the enforcement authority we have the ability to suspend parking bays  and there is no requirement for a TRO [Traffic Management Order] or a  TTRO [Temporary Traffic Management Order].  We erect the signage giving a minimum of 5 clear working days to give notice and then when the suspensions comes into force we have the ability to carry out enforcement.

Should anybody receive a PCN [Penalty Charge Notice] they have the ability to appeal, there is a due process to follow which eventually leads to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal Service.  The PATROL website gives full information of the process.


Breaking. Parking suspensions along the energy pipe route SUPERSEDED – SEE ABOVE

Residents have contacted us because they are concerned about the parking suspension notices that the County Council has put up along the whole of the energy pipe route.

It’s standard practice for the Council to blanket cover the whole area where works will take place. This is ensure that parking is suspended should the works on one section finish earlier than expected and gives the contractor the facility to get work done more quickly.

In this case, the project will continue for four and a half months, so blanket coverage of suspension signs is causing needless concern.

We have discussed this with the Civil Enforcement Manager at the County Council and have secured an undertaking that superfluous parking suspension notices will be removed until needed, provided that Vital Energi undertakes to give 5 clear working days notice before moving works from one section to another. The Vital Energi project manager is happy to give that assurance but we are waiting to get official confirmation before we send out emails and street letters to that effect.

Councillors will discuss parking suspensions in Lime Walk (which will become one way after Christmas) at a meeting with County Networks and Vital Energi tomorrow.

This post will be updated later today

Parking bays to be re-painted

Following fierce lobbying by councillors over non-enforceability, the County Council has found the money to re-paint parking bays and double yellow lines in Bickerton Road and Stapleton Road

  • signs for “no parking” will appear next week
  • the work will be done in sections to maintain some parking in each of the roads
  • the work is likely to take 3 days
  • the work is scheduled for 3rd-5th October

It’s good to know that this will be done before the energy pipe works in adjacent roads.

Bravo County Council! Changes to parking permit service

Thanks to residents for telling Customer Services Manager Mark Peet your views at our Ward Focus Meeting. He has investigated your issues and reports back below on actions taken.

As promised I have a further update on improvements to the Residents and Visitors Parking Permit service.

In July I  advised that I would be looking at further ways to improve our online service and document validation service for residents, in particular around the Headington area, who are unable to upload documents as part of the application process.

I am pleased to inform you I have made changes to reflect the need to improve both of these areas.

  1. Online Payments – As part of the online application process for Resident and Visitor Permits, residents in Controlled Parking Zones can now complete the full application online including paying for their permits. There is now a secure, safe and PCI compliant way to pay for residents when applying. This service was made available from Monday 8thAugust and we have had over 100 applicants in less than a week choosing to apply and pay using this service.
  2. Document Validation – On the 8thand 9th of September our team in Headington Library will be training in Document Validation which will enable them to validate parking documentation. This service will then be available in Headington Library from week commencing 12th September. This means customers will be able to validate the documents we need as part of the application processes without needing to send them into us. We will simply check the documents and hand them back to the resident once we have confirmed they are correct.

It’s good to see positive changes being made by the County Council and an officer keen to come out to public meetings to listen to and act upon our residents’ concerns.

How to apply or renew your parking permit

The Parking Shop is moving online and will be closing on Tuesday 31st May. To apply or renew a Parking Permit, apply for Visitors’ Permits or pay a fine, please visit

If you are unsure about using the internet or don’t have access, call the Customer Service Centre on 0845 310 1111 from 1st June or if you require help prior to the 1st June please call The Parking Shop Team on 0845 634 4466. For any other query please visit

Changes to parking permits renewal procedure

The County Council has notified us of the following administrative change.





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxfordshire County Council proposes to make the above order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The order will further amend the Oxford controlled parking zone orders (listed below) in respect of the arrangements for the issue of residents and visitor permits as follows:

1) A residents’ permit will ordinarily be valid for 12 months from the date of issue. This will replace the fixed expiry date for all resident’s permits for an entire zone.

2) A qualifying resident will continue to be entitled to an allocation of 50 visitors’ permits each year (first batch of 25 free of charge and the second batch of 25 for £20 save that qualifying residents at the Kassam Stadium zones will continue to be entitled to their annual allocation free of charge). The annual allocation will operate from the first time the applicant is issued with a batch of 25 permits free of charge and that will become his personal renewal date.

3) Transitional provisions will apply to visitors’ permits so that a qualifying resident who has already received his free allocation of visitors’ permits during the current “fixed year” for his zone will not be entitled to a further batch of 25 visitors’ permits free of charge until the expiry of that year. During this transitional period current arrangements will therefore continue to apply.

4) There is no change to current arrangements for visitors’ permits for short term residents.

Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Orders are available for public inspection at Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road OX1 1ND.

Objections to the proposals, specifying the grounds on which they are made, and any other representations, should be sent in writing to the Director for Environment and Economy (ref: DG) at the address given below no later than 20th May 2016. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response to this Notice. They may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.

The Director for Environment, Economy and Customer Services Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, Oxford, OX1 1NE.

Parking spaces in Bury Knowle Park: do we need more?

That’s our hot topic at tomorrow’s Ward Focus meeting – a senior manager from Direct Services at the City Council will be there to hear your views!

Date: Tuesday 23rd February

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Place: Headington Baptist Church, Old High Street. OX3 9HW

All this and Open Session for your comments too! Free of charge. All welcome!

Bring your councillors to account and raise any Headington issue in our Open Session. All welcome! Ward Focus meetings are run on a drop in and out basis and are free of charge. There is an open session where residents can raise issues of concern. There’s no need to book.

If you would like to contact your Lib Dem city councillors for advice on any issue please contact

Temporary parking arrangements during the energy works

The County has agreed with the Trust and the contractor that visitors’ parking permits will be available for residents temporarily affected by the works.

It has been agreed that 25 Visitor’s parking permits will initially be issued free of charge and resident’s will have a choice of the neighbouring parking zones for which they wish to have permits issued. If the works take longer than programmed OCC will consider issuing a second batch at that time. This arrangement is exclusively for the issue of Visitor’s permits so any persons wanting a specific Resident parking permit for a vehicle ( in their designated zone only) will need to pay accordingly as per normal protocols.

Visitor’s parking permits can be issued to any resident over the age of 17 (and regardless of whether they have a vehicle or not) upon production of a completed application form and supporting official proof of residency. This can either be a fully signed, termed, tenancy agreement, a most recent council tax bill or a bank statement/ utilities bill that is dated within the last 3 months. The application form and supporting document can either be presented in person at the Parking Shop on Speedwell Street, posted or scanned to the email address,

for them to be despatched first class. OCC pay all postage costs, with the exception of any requests for special delivery.

Here is the Parking Permit Application form you will need to fill in if you live in the affected areas and want to apply for visitors’ permits in advance.

Vital Energi has prepared a presentation on the various phases of the works. This can be seen on the Trust’s website (you have to scroll down to find it)

Vital Energi has set up a dedicated telephone number 0800 612 4039, and for specific questions an email address:  Both have been established directly with the Trust project team and Vital Energi to respond to any queries related to this project.

There are signs that communication is improving from the hospitals’ Trust regarding the energy pipe works, and we look forward to working more closely with the Trust’s new communications officer who takes up position on 4 January.

We are asking that details of the above permit process are included in any impending leaflet drop by the Trust and/or contractor and will include these details in our next Focus leaflet.

There is currently on-going discussion about how the visitors’ parking permits will be funded as the County Council believes this cost should be borne by the project, not by taxpayers. The Parking Shop staff will keep a record all such additional visitors’ permits so that the total cost can be determined.

The implications of this alternative provision may mean that there is additional pressure on parking spaces In Highfield, New Headington and Central and North Headington.