Green light for new parking strategy
A comprehensive new parking strategy is on track for West Oxfordshire following approval by councillors.
Cabinet members voted in favour of the strategy which will sets out the need for more parking spaces in key areas, improvements to existing facilities and a review of enforcement.
It will provide a blueprint for the Council to help make a decision on any proposed parking changes or improvements.
Cllr Carol Reynolds, Cabinet member for the Environment and Community, said: “We see the provision of free parking as vitally important in supporting our economy as well as the needs of residents and local businesses.
"The parking strategy has taken on board the view of residents and local businesses and it is designed to support their needs until 2031, complementing the draft Local Plan."
The Cabinet has allocated £35,000 to deliver parking improvements including changes to on-street restrictions which may include consultation on parking permits in certain areas while the strategy is flexible and will evolve as specific needs such as new developments arise across the District.
The strategy has been developed following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year that was completed by more than 2,600 people along with further in-depth consultation and research into usage and likely future demands for parking.
The key policy of free parking at all 15 car parks across the district which the Council owns or manages remains at the heart of the strategy.
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