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Footpath, drop kerb, and pedestrian crossing blocked

Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 09:23, Mon 5 September 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

There are regularly large numbers of Enterprise vehicles illegally parked near Enterprise car hire. I am fairly indifferent to the legality, but very frequently, they are also blocking the road crossing that I use to take my children to school. This is a major safety issue for pedestrians, cyclists, push chairs, wheel chairs, blind, children in general, and so on. This problem has been going on for YEARS. The police never seemed interested in enforcing it, but they would occasionally remind Enterprise and it would get better for a while. I thought, perhaps, with civil parking enforcement, they would start getting fines, but despite many reports of illegally parked vehicles, I see no evidence that anything has ever been enforced. The problem has gotten very bad. Please, either start ticketing these vehicles or do something else to protect pedestrian access through the area.

Council ref: ENQ22933112

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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 09:23, Mon 5 September 2022

  • Surprisingly, in spite of the complete lack of any discernible action on this, the problem has not magically disappeared.

    Posted anonymously at 15:51, Tue 18 October 2022

  • Can you provide an update on this? What has 2+ months of "investigation" determined? What action are you planning to take?

    Posted anonymously at 15:46, Mon 14 November 2022

  • Is any action being taken? This is just ridiculous and not safe.

    Posted anonymously at 13:34, Mon 19 December 2022

  • Please could you provide an update on this.

    - Vans are often parked on the bend causing cars coming down Station Road to have to pull out into the oncoming traffic which includes double decker buses. I'm surprised there's not been a serious head on collision yet.

    - Vans and customer's cars are often parked on the public footpath (mentioned previously) and this stops people with buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters getting past and having to go into the road to get around them.

    - Enterprise are also parking vans on all the grass verges outside their office when they should be using their own car park. This churns up all the grass verges into muddy tyre tracks (see picture added) and also makes the area look awful with vans parked everywhere. Even after having parking fines issued on all these vans they just took them off and have carried on parking there.

    Posted anonymously at 08:23, Wednesday 11 January 2023

  • Pavements are now incredibly slippery because of the icy mud these vehicles have churned. As you can see all the dropped curbs are block and good luck if you were using a wheel chair or push chair as you would have had no choice but to have used the road. What is happening with this?

    Posted anonymously at 14:11, Tuesday 24 January 2023

  • They are still parking there and nothing seems to be happening. I guess different rules for different people and safety is not a concern when it involves businesses.

    Posted anonymously at 07:51, Monday 30 January 2023

  • Parking tickets obviously make so difference. You couldn’t even get down the pavement today.

    Posted anonymously at 13:55, Monday 30 January 2023

  • Enterprise customers are now blocking the pavement with their cars causing the public to have to walk out into the busy road (see picture) and cars are still parking on double yellow lines outside the office.

    Parking tickets were placed on the vans yesterday but there are still vans parking there today so it's not making any difference.

    The vans are also wrecking all the grassy areas outside the office too (see pics) making the area look horrible.

    Is anyone going to provide an update on this?

    Posted anonymously at 15:14, Monday 30 January 2023

  • This is today. The grass is completely ruined and there’s mud everywhere.

    Posted anonymously at 14:56, Thursday 2 February 2023

  • Enterprise now blocking the public footpath outside their office.

    Please can we have an update on what is being done about this.

    Posted anonymously at 06:56, Tuesday 21 February 2023

  • There continue to be large numbers of illegally parked vehicles in this area everyday. More often than not, they are causing an obstruction to pedestrians. I have been regularly phoning Oxfordshire parking about this issue. They claim to have issued hundreds of tickets, so there is little more that they can do. On Friday, when I phoned, they told me that Enterprise has told them that Enterprise intends to continue parking illegally and simply paying the tickets. This has not and will not fix the issue. More drastic action needs to be taken. Some possibilities include protecting the pedestrian crossing by physically blocking vehicle access with concrete barriers or similar; towing or clamping the vehicles to increase the economic cost to Enterprise; complaining vociferously to the police about the blatant deliberate and continuous illegal behaviour; revoking Enterprise's business license for their anti-social and illegal behaviour; and so on. PLEASE, TAKE ACTUAL REAL ACTION TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM!!

    Posted anonymously at 08:54, Monday 10 July 2023

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