Parking in place for key bus service
The operators of a voluntary bus service have welcomed a council move to arrange car parking while passengers enjoy their shopping trip.
The Villager service which operates services from Chipping Norton taking in villages including Fifield and Stonesfield to Witney has secured parking at Langdale Hall, thanks to the intervention of Witney Keith Gowing, Cllr Toby Morris, Cllr Jeff HaineTown Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.
Keith Gowing, Chairman of The Villager, said: “We had previously parked in Le Touquet Square but it was not ideal and centre management wanted us to move. But the only alternative was the traders’ area in the Woolgate car park which was too far from the shops for disabled passengers.
“We are very grateful to Witney Town Council for taking the initiative and improving the situation for our customers while West Oxfordshire District Council has also been helpful while we continue to talk to centre management about a permanent solution.”
Witney Town Council leader Cllr Toby Morris said: “The Villager is a lifeline for many people in more remote villages and I am delighted that we have helped with the parking issue. It’s good for them and it’s good for Witney.”
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Economy at West Oxfordshire District Council, added: “This is a vital service for rural communities especially as many other services have been cut and hopefully it can now run even more smoothly.”
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