High Street Parking Restrictions Consultation

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is seeking the views of residents on a proposal to introduce double yellow lines on the northern side of the High Street at the newly reconfigured traffic calming build-out feature.

The proposal is being put forward to address inappropriate parking in the immediate vicinity of the traffic calming island which is preventing the safe use of the bypass lane by cyclists.  OCC hopes that the measure will free-up the carriageway immediately before and after the feature, and ensure safer passage and navigation for cyclists.

More details, including plans and the option to comment are on the OCC Consultation website page.

Objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by 15th January 2021.

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9 Responses to High Street Parking Restrictions Consultation

  1. Ann Tomline says:

    We are a village no double yellow lines
    Put polite notice on car lorry or speak to a person who regularly does this don’t turn us into a Suburb of Didcot

  2. Janet Haylett says:

    Please do not put double yellow lines along the High Street. We are a village and do not want to be an urban area. It does seem like a very large hammer to crack a small nut.

  3. Isabel Henderson says:

    I completely agree with the previous comments. This seems a total waste of money which could have been better spent on the cycle path to Clifton Hampden.

  4. June Eastwood says:

    Seconded Ann and Janet.
    Just enforce this:
    Rule 140 of the Highway Code clearly states: Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable.

    Who would enforce this is the question? Double yellow lines seems to be admitting defeat. Surely these are repeat offenders, letters from the PC or OCC might be a more appropriate course of action.

  5. J May says:

    Agreed. Measures appropriate to a city or town do nothing to reinforce the rural village nature of the High Street, and increase the urbanisation of the village to everone`s detriment.
    Surely this is a case where, as with much else, local co-operation and thoughtfulness is more appropriate than unnessecary expense and the introduction of a measure which is never likely to be officially policed, and will simply serve to displace parking to the detriment of residents in other areas of the High Street? Why is OCC proposing to spend money in this way, when our repeated request for simply re-painting of white Give Way lines at the junction of Little Wittenham Road and the High Street ( a real safety issue) meets with no success atall?

    • Chris Waites says:

      There has already been an accident in 2019, caused by driver error which left the cyclist with life changing injuries, that was attributed to the chicane design by the police.

      Saying this is not a safety issue is disingenuous. How many cyclists need life changing injuries before it is a safety issue?

  6. David Haylett says:

    If there is money to waste on painting yellow lines then Little Wittenham is the place to put them. I officiated at Wedding there at midday today (Saturday 12th December). Because there are always walkers cars parked outside St Peter’s Church cones were put out to enable four wedding guests cars to park as the car park behind the Church could not be used as there are contractors vehicles and skips there. When the Service was over there were cars, 15 or 20 of them, parked along the road through the village and parked so badly and selfishly that the Bride and Groom’s car had great difficulty negotiating the space between the last of those cars and the opposite verge. That is where parking should be banned.

  7. Chris Waites says:

    It may be common sense not to park blocking the cycle lanes but the point is multiple drivers aren’t parking sensibly. Even if residents do park sensibly, you can bet those doing the school run won’t.

    These bypasses enhance cyclist safety. Since they have gone in it has been a huge improvement to cycling through the village, avoiding the wacky races and boneheaded overtakes through the chicanes. Restrictions will also improve sightlines for motorists and reduce the chance of the road becoming jammed when too many cars go through the chicane into oncoming traffic.

    That to me outweighs any ideological opposition to 30m of double yellow lines. If you don’t cycle, imagine a white van or Audi driver trying to floor it past you to beat you through the chicane, only to slam on their brakes due to oncoming vehicles. Unpleasant, dangerous and previously common.

  8. Jeremy Croxson says:

    I strongly object to this proposal.to put double yellow lines along the High Street. We are a village and do not want to be an urban area.
    It is already illegal to drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line so adding yellow lines is unnecessary. What is needed is enforcement of this law.. The Parish Council should be given the power to identify culprits and report them to the authorities – just as has been done with vehicles travelling though the High Street exceeding the weight limit..
    As the owner of the house most affected by this proposal, Street House, I did not want the cycle lanes, but I accept them in the spirit of making cycling safer, even though it will involve me, my family and friends some inconvenience. Adding double yellow lines to a road in a conservation area destroys the concept of conservation and will probably affect property prices.
    As others have said the money should be spent on the cycle lane to Clifton Hampden. This road is a much greater hazard.. .

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