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Over parking in Layby / bus stop opposite Waterfront Cafe

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category anonymously at 16:10, Tue 28 August 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 4 minutes later

Excess parking for the Waterfront Cafe uses the layby / bus stop and grass at the junction of the main road and Church Road. This makes it difficult for buses to enter the layby and obstructs the view of cars trying to get onto the main road from Church Road. In addition, the start of the layby is the entrance to Churchfield Lane, the entrance to No 4 Churchfield Lane and is the access to a Fire Hydrant. On busy days at the Cafe access to these three items is often compromised. At a minimum, a Keep Clear marking should be painted to ensure these entrances and the Fire Hydrant is not compromised. Ideally, the grass area should also be bollarded off. The Waterfront Cafe has insufficient parking for the number of covers it has but parking in the boatyard, St Helens Avenue and by the Park towards Preston Crowmarsh would be safer options. Also the sign displayed at the cafe should have "parking at the end of the Layby" removed.

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  • Thank you for this report. If a vehicle is obstructing please contact the Police on their 101 number. They should be able to offer you best advice as they can (in the right circumstances) enforce this type of issue. It has been suggested that wooden posts may be an answer to parking on the grass and this is the link to the OCC webpage which you may wish to read. cms/ content/ verge-maintenance but basically where a town or parish council wants permanent protection for a verge, wooden posts could be used. However this and any future maintenance costs would need to be self funded as OCC Highways have no funding for this type of work.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:03, Thu 30 August 2018

  • This is an unacceptable response in that no one takes responsibility for this issue. Parish Council say its your problem you say its their problem or call the police. In the latter case, all it would take is a keep clear sign painted on the road and that would enable the police to do concentrate on other issues. Someone needs to take ownership and if you think it is the Parish Council responsibility - talk to them rather than say no further action is being taken

    Posted anonymously at 10:24, Thu 30 August 2018

  • This car is partly blocking the entrance to Churchfield Lane and is parked blocking easy access the the Fire Hydrant. A "Keep Clear" painted on the road (as has been done at the other end of Churchfield Lane (see photo. I have also passed this on to the police

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 14:59, Fri 31 August 2018

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:35, Wed 26 September 2018

  • Category changed from ‘Other’ to ‘Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings’

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:35, Fri 28 September 2018

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:04, Wed 24 October 2018

  • The whole area will gradually become a quagmire over the winter

    Posted anonymously at 14:27, Sat 24 November 2018
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 11:48, Sun 23 December 2018

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 12:42, Sunday 20 January 2019

  • It is now January 2019 and the "grassed" area has become a quagmire as predicted. Standing water now regularly spills over flooding the footway between the bus stop and Church Road. As well as being very unsightly it has also become a hazard. One authority or another needs to own this problem.

    Posted anonymously at 12:20, Saturday 26 January 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 14:15, Monday 18 February 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:35, Tuesday 19 March 2019

  • The cafe just adds more seats on all spare ground. This makes the problem much worse and still no one takes action

    Posted anonymously at 19:49, Tuesday 19 March 2019

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