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Reporting from the front line in Oxfordshire

7 Jan

Oxford Pedestrians’ Association and disability groups are battling with Oxfordshire County Council over plans to introduce a controlled parking zone in East Oxford which would leave only 1 meter of pavement available for pedestrians. The Equality and Human Rights Commission have written to the council asking if the council has carried out a full disability impact assessment. The council recently announced that it would consult with the 1,726 affected households again due to the ‘deep divisions over the proposals’. This will be the sixth consultation at it has already spent £160,000 on consultations!

Meanwhile… Oxfordshire councils working with Thames Valley Police and the Pedestrians’ Association supply free windowscreen stickers to be used on cars which block the pavement through their local libraries.

Police encourage use of stickers for pavement parkers. Copyright image

And then… East Oxfordshire Car Club has 6 car club cars available for use by local people without the need to own a car. They have 2 new high fuel efficiency VW Polo Blue Motions and 4 ‘recycled’ cars donated by local residents. That’s the spirit.

Bad parking day?

24 Nov

A colleague commented yesterday that ‘we all have bad parking days’. This person certainly was having one given that he was blocking the pavement with a car sporting a sticker saying ‘please leave room for wheelchair access’!

Please leave room for a wheelchair!

Blind man locked up over pavement parking dispute

9 Nov

After many calls to the police about pavement parking without any effect, Daniel Duckfield from Narberth in North Wales finally told the police that he was going to write on one of the windscreens and let down the tires of one of the cars. The police then responded within minutes and arrested him 50 meters from the vehicle and put in the cells for three hours. He was only let out after accepting a caution for threatening to cause criminal damage.

Daniel Duckfield. Photo copyright BBC.

I haven’t heard a clearer story of how the law is set up to support motorists over the interest of pedestrians. What had made him absolutely mad was being told by one person parked on the pavement that ‘she was only going to be 10 minutes because she was having her legs waxed’.

Further reading

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