New Parking Restrictions Approved Despite Objections About Harpsden Road

At an Oxfordshire County Council Delegated Decisions by Cabinet Member for Transport Management meeting last week, the committee agreed with the proposals of new parking restrictions in Henley despite 49 objections to the introduction of double yellow lines at junctions of Harpsden Road.  The proposals were supported by Henley Town Council.

The new proposals were the introduction of double yellow lines at junctions Harpsden Road and roads off of this and Queen Street, changing of the loading bays in Bell Street to Goods Vehicle Loading bays only, formalising residents’ parking bays in Friday Street and extra short-stay spaces on Market Place near to d:two.

The County Council sent a letter to approximately 942 properties in the affected areas, which also included a copy of the formal notice of the proposals – providing details on permit eligibility and costs. Additionally, street notices were also placed on site in the immediate vicinity.

Many of the objectors of the Harpsden Road proposals highlighted that there was an existing problem in the area with parking capacity and the proposals would make the situation worse for residents trying to park near their properties. The justification for the proposals was also questioned as a number of respondents (3) felt that there wasn’t a safety issue.

To counter the proposals, 8 comments were made that suggested the county council should be focusing on reducing speeding problems by considering traffic calming or speed limit changes and a small number of respondents suggested that a resident’s parking scheme was required in the area.

In the decision report by Bill Cotton, Corporate Director, Environment and Place it stated, “When consulted, Henley Town Council did not support the idea of plans for residents parking being included within the package of proposals. Although it would not be possible to consider further measures within this report, officers will monitor the impact of any changes and work with elected members to bring forward further amendments if required.”



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