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Should the county council introduce charges at its park and ride car parks?
3:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
AS EVERYBODY knows, we have got to make large cost savings within the county council. Therefore, we have to look at all forms of revenue to offset any reductions in other services.
This policy will bring our park and rides in line with those which are owned by Oxford City Council, which already charges, to provide a uniform park and ride service across the city.
People may be concerned about displacement parking (people parking in other areas to avoid the charge) and drivers coming into the city, but that will mean they will have to pay a higher price, so the park and rides still provide good value for money when compared to coming into Oxford.
We are going to ensure we monitor the situation so there is no displacement parking and should that occur we will take appropriate measures to stop it happening.
The expansion of Thornhill was funded by a local government subsidy and those proposals did include charging for parking and it was included in our bid for the money.
I think the price is fair compared to driving into Oxford and parking there. I cannot predict what will happen in the future but obviously prices will be reviewed.
The park and rides work very well. There are three which are already charged for by the city council and they all have cars parking there which take cars off the streets coming into Oxford.
Sue Holden, Sandhills resident and secretary of the Barton Community Association
OBVIOUSLYthe concern is that people will choose to park in Sandhills estate rather than pay the parking charge and leave their cars in Thornhill.
The ongoing problem wouldn’t be resolved by the expansion of Thornhill by 500 spaces and we will not be any better off than we were before that.
If someone was using the park and ride once a week, it is not too bad, but it is people who use it to go to work five days a week that the charge will impact.
From my personal point of view, over the last couple of months the situation has improved in my street but I don’t know what the situation is like in other roads.
Before the expansion, it was a nightmare and we had an awful lot of people parking here who went off for a fortnight’s holiday.
At the end of the day, you cannot argue with them for doing it, but it makes life really difficult for us. It had been a problem for years. I have lived in Sandhills for seven years and it was a problem when I arrived.
The county council has to think carefully about this because if people cannot park in the side streets they will just go into the city centre and preventing that is one of the reasons we have park and rides.
It would defeat the whole object of having them.
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