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Parking Restrictions required to allow access for Emergency Services

Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 16:50, Tuesday 4 October 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

In the last few years, a block of flats and 9 new houses have been built in and around the entrance to Scholar Place OX2 9RD at the junction with Arnold’s Way. Parking spaces are therefore more difficult to find now, and from time to time someone parks in a stupid place, making access to Scholar Place for larger vehicles (e.g. Emergency Services, Bin Collections, Delivery Vans) impossible.

In the attached photo you can see the usual daytime parking situation. Cars from the adjacent school and houses park down one side of the long strip that is the start of Scholar Place. The situation has deteriorated this year since two new access points have been built in Scholar Place for the new properties (6 homes in total) increasing the number of car journeys in the street. The two photos show the strip before and after the new access roads were built.

The problems start when someone decides to park on the other side of the road or at the corners with Arnold's Way. As Scholar Place is only 5.5m wide, if cars are parked on both sides of the road, only a car can fit though the gap. For example, a Mini is 1.727m wide. If you have one parked on each side a couple of cm out from the kerb, this leaves about 2m between them. Most Fire Engines need around 3m width to get through. Most delivery vans (e.g Amazon Ford Transit) are over 2.4m wide.

I hope this demonstrates the problem and why it is essential to have double yellow lines down one side of the straight strip shown in the picture (from the junction with Arnold's Way through to the original cobbled entrance to Scholar Place).

Council ref: ENQ22934942

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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 16:51, Tuesday 4 October 2022

  • Thank you for your report. I have read this report and assessed the issue you have identified. I am re-assigning this report, requesting new parking restrictions, in Scholar Place, to the Vale Traffic Schemes Team for their appraisal and assessment.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:26, Wednesday 5 October 2022

  • The installation formal waiting restrictions (yellow lines) requires the implementation of a traffic regulation order which involves a long and expensive legal process including full consultation, external funding would be required for this process. It should be noted that if vehicles are parking in either a dangerous position or in such a manner as to cause an obstruction of the public highway they are committing an offence under section 22 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, this legislation is enforced by Thames Valley Police

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:21, Monday 10 October 2022

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