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INFORMAL CONSULTATION - Iffley Fields Area (Oxford) Proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)

Following representations over the parking difficulties for residents of the Iffley Fields area, Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to fund the introduction of a CPZ, but ahead of this, we need to consult widely to ensure that it meets the needs of residents, local businesses and community groups.

The online questionnaire builds on the informal consultation work carried out by the Parking Representatives of the Iffley Fields and Residents Association (IFRA).

Any response should be completed and returned by 13 October 2017.

For information a public meeting on the proposals is being organised by the Iffley Fields Residents Association on Monday 25 September at Greyfriars Church Hall at 7.30 pm, with officers from the County Council present to answer any questions you may have ahead of completing the questionnaire.

The County Council will then review the responses, and prepare detailed proposals which it believes best reflect the views expressed in this informal consultation.  These proposals will require a formal consultation later in the autumn, with a decision on whether to proceed with the proposals being taken in early 2018.

EXPLANATORY NOTES:

How do CPZ’s work?

 Permits are required to park in the CPZ during the days and times it operates. Only residents and businesses in the CPZ are eligible to apply for these permits, which include – for residents –an allocation of permits for their visitors.

There is considerable flexibility to shape the CPZ to meet local needs:

  • CPZ restrictions may operate only on specified days / times (e.g. Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm) or at all times.
  • Non-permit holders may be allowed to park for a short time (typically 2 hours) without the need for a permit, either in designated places, or throughout the zone in a ‘minimum impact’ CPZ (see below).
  • In a ‘minimum impact’ CPZ, signs are provided at the entry to the zone, and also at regular intervals within the zone but no parking places are marked on the street. Parking is allowed anywhere, except where yellow lines are marked or where there are places marked for special uses (e.g. disabled person parking places). It is then up to drivers to ensure that they park responsibly, including where they choose to park partly on a pavement. This approach is only possible where the same restrictions apply throughout the CPZ.
  • In a conventional CPZ- such as the nearby East Oxford CPZ - parking places are marked on the street (including where vehicles are allowed to park partly on the pavement) – each parking place will have a sign saying what restrictions apply; the restrictions in a parking place may change at different times of the day / day of week.

How many permits are issued to residents and how much do they cost?

 As with most other nearby CPZ’s, it is very likely that a scheme at Iffley Fields would allow for the following:

  • Each property would be eligible for permits for up to two vehicles; an annual fee of £60 for each permit currently applies (note: motorcycles do not require permits).
  • Eligible residents (aged 17 or over) would be able to apply for up to 50 visitor parking permits per year; the first block of 25 issued are free, and the second block of 25 currently cost £20.
  • Businesses would be eligible to apply for one permit but not for visitor parking permits.

The avove is a very brief summary of the proposed eligibility for permits – special provisions apply for Blue badge holders, carers, contractor’s vehicles etc.  More detailed information on permit eligibility as provided in the current CPZ’s in Oxford can be found on https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/parking-permits

Which roads would be included in the Iffley Fields CPZ?

 The proposed CPZ will include the following streets:

Argyle Street

Bedford Street

Chester Street

Daubeny Road

Fairacres Road

Parker Street

Stratford Street

Warwick Street

This consultation letter is also being sent to residents and businesses on roads adjacent to Iffley Fields.

What type of CPZ is being considered for Iffley Fields?

 The questionnaire includes questions to help us understand what you consider to be the main issues with parking in the area to help tailor the CPZ to best meet the needs of residents, businesses and local community organisations. It asks your views on possible options for the CPZ which have been discussed with representatives of the Iffley Fields Residents Association (IFRA) and local councillors, but also provides an opportunity for you to suggest alternatives to these.

What happens next?

The responses to this questionnaire will be carefully reviewed. We will then prepare a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that will specify the detailed provisions of the proposed CPZ, and we will  write to you again to seek your views as part of the formal consultation required for all TRO’s.

Any objections to the formal consultation will be reported to the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment’s decisions meeting – these are public meetings, which members of the public may apply to address. It is anticipated that that the proposals will be reported to the meeting scheduled for the 11 January 2018 but this will be confirmed in the next letter.  

What monitoring will take place if a scheme is approved?

If a CPZ is approved following the formal consultation, the County Council will monitor its performance over the first year of its operation, and if amendments to the scheme seem advisable, funding will be available to make changes. These could include - if a ‘minimum impact’ CPZ is implemented – amending the scheme to a conventional CPZ with marked parking places throughout the zone. However any changes would be subject to the outcome of a further consultation process.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name INFORMAL CONSULTATION - Iffley Fields Area (Oxford) Proposed Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)
Description Oxfordshire County Council proposes to introduce a CPZ within the Iffley Fields area of Oxford. Ahead of this OCC needs to consult widely to ensure that the CPZ meets the needs of residents, local businesses and local community groups.
Dates From 18 Sep 2017 at 09:00 to 13 Oct 2017 at 23:59.
Status Closed
Contact Name Christian Mauz
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07392 318873
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND
Contact Details

Consultation Topic Environment & waste, Planning, Roads & transport
Target Audience Oxfordshire residents, Councillors, Businesses
Geographical Area Oxford City