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Removal of 'residents only' parking sign

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category by Nick Sheppard at 09:50, Wednesday 29 May 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 5 minutes later

The sign at the entrance to Lambourne Crescent in Bicester, advising that parking is for residents only, has been removed - I assume maliciously as I'm sure residents would have been notified of any plans to change the parking restrictions.

Would you please arrange for a new 'residents only' parking sign to be put in place. Could I also suggest that a second sign be added, to the other entrance post - the previous sign was only visible to drivers approaching the Crescent from the centre of Bicester, drivers approaching from the other direction couldn't see the sign advising that parking is for residents only.

Thank you

Council ref: ENQ19834078

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:55, Wednesday 29 May 2019

  • Good morning. Yet again residents in Lambourne Crescent are having to put up with non residents using their street as a car park. People are now parking from 6-7am until 5-6pm and then heading either to Bicester Village train station, the Bicester Children and Family centre offices on Launton Road or town to work. How much revenue are the councils losing due to this. Every day cars are now double parked on either edge of the road/roundabout and I had to turn away a delivery yesterday (2nd Sept) as the cars had blocked safe access. I dread to think what would happen if an ambulance or fire engine required access. The hassle of them trying to gain access could cause severe injury or loss of life. On Sunday 1st September at approx 9am my sister (who lives at number 8 Lambourne Cresent) had to approach a car (Reg: KK57 ETZ Silver Toyota) as the couple inside were having SEX!! Once approached the girl pulled her top back on and proceeded to try and drive away only to hit the car parked behind. Do we really have to now put up with this type of behaviour as absolutely disgusting. Not all the residents have off street parking and many of them struggle to park in their own street due to others using it as a way of getting out of parking charges. After years of problems this matter now needs to be looked into as a matter of urgency as the residents are pretty hacked off with the whole situation. It’s bad enough that we can’t park on our own street, put up with other delivery vehicles being unable to gain access but now it is being used as a dogging site. We no longer wished to be fobbed off with excuses, no action has been taken since the issue was last raised in May! We all pay our council tax and something needs to be done immediately.

    Posted anonymously at 10:46, Tuesday 3 September 2019

  • Could I please have an update on my request dated 29 May 2019 for the reinstatement of the 'residents only' parking sign that was removed from the post at the entrance to Lambourne Crescent, Bicester. My report was acknowledged on 29 May and was passed to the investigation team - surely it doesn't take over three months to investigate?

    The problem is ongoing and getting worse, as reported on 3 September 2019.

    Could Lambourne Crescent residents please have a response immediately advising what action has been taken and what your plans are to ensure that non-residents are prevented from parking in the Crescent.

    Thank you

    Nick Sheppard (24 Lambourne Crescent)

    Posted by Nick Sheppard at 08:51, Wednesday 4 September 2019

  • Update...2 cars yet again parking for a week in lambourne crescent and not residents car reg LC09WRZ & KR10VOD plus I was 5 seconds away from not being able to turn into my drive due to a lady parking and leaving a tiny space to drive through. After asking her to move I got a mouthful of abuse then she moved to outside a lady on the corner of lambourne and proceded to go off to town I belive. It's just getting ridiculous now.

    Posted anonymously at 09:19, Friday 6 September 2019

  • Both Cars LC09 WRZ and KR10VOD still parked in lambourne crescent as if abandoned! LC09WRZ now been parked for 3 weeks and not moved ! Some days it's so difficult to get round cresent and bin men Friday once again tight getting through due to parking !! How much is the council losing in all day parking in Bicester!! If these were made to park on proper parking places maybe enough money could be made to fix/repair paths and roads

    Posted anonymously at 14:45, Sunday 22 September 2019

  • Yet again cars are using Lambourne Crescent as a car park. As well as LC09WRZ being abandoned here for now almost a month there is also a Vauxhall Astra reg OE04 UKM which parks here daily during the week and a Toyota Rav 4 reg SK04 XWW which parks on a regular basis. Prior to the Residents Only sign being removed the owner of the vehicle SK04 XWW was asked by my husband to move as it is a residents only street to which he received a mouthful of abuse. These are not the only cars that park here on a regular basis and be assured that I will be updating this page regularly with information on these vehicles.

    Posted anonymously at 11:53, Monday 23 September 2019

  • 30/09 - Yet again the early morning influx of cars parking in Lambourne Crescent. In addition to the cars above there is also KL68 ACU, KM60 YYC, HD57 MJK, EE13 SSE & OU68 XEN that park here daily or on a regular basis & again heading off to Bicester village station or the council offices on Launton Road. Oh the irony that if Bicester residents wish to use the town centre facilities they have to pay for the parking whereas council workers get to park for free taking up residents parking. All the other streets around the town/train station now have restricted/residents parking so why are we being continually ignored despite the fact this problem has been going on for years!

    Posted anonymously at 09:03, Monday 30 September 2019

  • Update from earlier post on 30/09. Two further vehicles F1 LSB & YG09 EEY have now joined the parking party! YG09 EEY (who also parks here on a regular basis) has parked on the entry corner opposite other non resident cars making entry to the Crescent for larger vehicles nigh on impossible. Out of the cars in Lambourne Crescent today 10 belong to non-residents. .

    Posted anonymously at 09:46, Monday 30 September 2019

  • Good morning Not for the first time, I am beginning to wonder if anyone at the Council monitors these reports or takes any notice of them. I reported the issue of the removed 'residents only' parking sign at the end of May 2019 and sent a follow-up on 4 September. Other residents have also made regular reports. However, apart from an auto-reply that the matter is 'under investigation. there has been no acknowledgement let alone a substantive reply. What is the point in having a 'FixMyStreet' reporting system if reports are ignored? Could I please have an answer to the questions I asked back on 29 May 2019, and can you advise when the 'Residents Only' parking sign at the entrance to Lambourne Crescent in Bicester will be replaced. Further, if you are not planning to replace the sign - which we assume was removed maliciously rather than by the Council - please have the courtesy to advise Lambourne Crescent residents. If I do not hear back from you within 48 hours I will lodge a complaint with your chief executive, Yvonne Rees, and seek a meeting with her and the senior manager responsible for roads & parking. Thank you Nick Sheppard 24 Lambourne Crescent Bicester

    Posted by Nick Sheppard at 08:59, Tuesday 1 October 2019

  • 8/10 - still no response to any of the posts above. Lambourne Crescent looking like a car park again. I have now added photos of cars parked here today. As it will only allow me to add 3 photos at a time I will have to create 3 posts today to enable all photos to be uploaded. Most of them are parked adjacent to the roundabout and opposite other cars making it difficult to drive through. How much longer do we have to endure this? Please action!

    Posted anonymously at 13:02, Tuesday 8 October 2019

  • 8/10 - cars parked. Part 2!

    Posted anonymously at 13:03, Tuesday 8 October 2019

  • 8/10 cars parked part 3!

    Posted anonymously at 13:03, Tuesday 8 October 2019

  • 8/10 - 2 furthers cars have now parked up. That makes a total of 10 non residents cars parked here today. This is not an unusual occurrence & if a resident had a visitor or doctor/nurse etc calling there would be no room for them to park!

    Posted anonymously at 13:27, Tuesday 8 October 2019

  • 9/10 In addition to all the usual suspects parking again today the owner of car BD67 UZK thought it would be a good idea to park against the centre of the Crescent opposite another car (which belongs to a resident of Lambourne Crescent) leaving a very tight space to get through and impossible for larger/delivery vehicles! Can someone from the council please have the courtesy to reply to our posts and queries. The car park behind Wilkinson’s has plenty of parking spaces. I have to pay when I use facilities in other areas so why can’t these car owners do the same. It is getting absolutely ridiculous and stressful for residents who do not have off street parking as they are returning home to no available parking. From a very frustrated resident (along with many others I’m sure!)

    Posted anonymously at 13:13, Wednesday 9 October 2019

  • 9/10 - the owner of vehicle AF09 VZR leaves his car in Lambourne Crescent every day and then uses the bike he keeps in his car to head off to the train station. He parks from 6am until 6-7pm, how much parking revenue are the council losing due to this?

    Posted anonymously at 18:24, Wednesday 9 October 2019

  • 10/10 - Yet again Lambourne Crescent is crammed with non residents cars. I believe a percentage of these work at the Family Services Offices on Landon Road. Two cars have parked so ridiculously this morning on opposites side of the entry to the Crescent that I have had to yet again turn away a delivery van as he is unable to gain access to the Crescent. As I believe these owners might work at the Family Services Office I have called them to ask them to move them as access can be gained. This has now taken up more of my day and again delayed delivery of my goods. As said previously an emergency vehicle would have severe problems getting into the Crescent and if the refuse truck tried to gain access it would also not get through causing further problems and delays to them. I believe that this issue has been raised by the refuse collectors on previous occasions when access problems occurred. Can this matter be treated as a matter of urgency as nothing has been heard from this office since the problem was originally raised in May. It seems to be like you are looking ‘after your own’ who get to park for free and hence blocking our Crescent but the residents can go and swivel!

    Posted anonymously at 10:16, Thursday 10 October 2019

  • 10/10 Following on from my report this morning I have now spoken to a fellow resident who said that her relative had to park in one of the local council car parks for a fee as they were unable to park here due to all other non residents cars parked here. They added that last week or the week previously (she was unsure which week) the refuse truck was unable to gain access to the Crescent due to the amount of non resident cars parked here. The refuse workers then had to go to each house, collect the bins, walk down to the refuse truck and then return them which I’m sure would cause time delays to their round. In addition to this the driver of the refuse truck would have had to reverse down the Road from the Crescent and then reverse out onto the main road (Launton Road) which I believe might be an illegal manoeuvre but obviously through no fault of his own. I’m unsure if the refuse company has reported this.

    Posted anonymously at 12:29, Thursday 10 October 2019

  • 12/10 - Cars KR10 VOD & LC09 WRZ (photos attached) are still parking in Lambourne Crescent on a regular and continuous basis. On dumping their cars here the owners then disappear into the Victoria Road area. Victoria Road has parking restrictions due to the problems they had previously so now residents of Lambourne Crescent have to endure the overflow from other streets. Do these cars belong to owners that reside in HMO as if this is the case there is obviously not enough parking for them! Another resident of Lambourne Crescent had to ask someone to move this morning as they had pulled up onto the central grass area to park to avoid blocking the road. This would not be acceptable in good weather let alone when the weather is bad as it will result in messy muddy ruts forming (I have attached a photo which is not very clear but I’m sure if the car had not been asked to move on the damage would have been much worse!) I certainly do not pay my council tax to live in a messy street & I’m sure the drivers who dump their cars here would not appreciate me doing this in their street. This problem was addressed around the areas surrounding Bicester Village & also Mallards Way previously so this practice of cars parking on our grass verges needs to be stopped before it escalates. In addition to this the refuse truck again had problems getting round the Crescent yesterday and one of the workers had to guide the driver round to avoid hitting cars that had parking stupidly and selfishly.

    Posted anonymously at 18:31, Saturday 12 October 2019

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