Traffic, Free Parking and current measures on Witney High Street
Traffic, Free Parking and current measures on Witney High Street

Traffic, Free Parking and the High St – It’s all hanging together

Update Apr-24 –

Labour councillors look to the future of our town. Now our High Street has been opened to pedestrians, we are all enjoying the cleaner, safer space it has become. Browsing shop windows, sitting outside our wonderful cafes and pubs and meeting up with friends is much more pleasant now traffic has been reduced. Updates to the High St are now subject to action at County Council following approval of a £2m investment

The Tories want traffic back on the high street and will hand back the £2million fund. Witney needs investment after decades of stagnation and decaying local roads and services – Tory Westminster committed the UK to 20mph default in 2022. All parties around the UK are making the change. Early adopters are now reporting around 30% reductions in those killed and seriously injured. So a safer future too given the 350 recent road traffic accidents in recent years. Labour will continue to make WItney a brighter place to live, visit and shop for all.

It’s brilliant to see some proactive change at Marriott’s Walk Shopping Centre since West Oxfordshire District Council became its owners. Stores should expect more for their service charges, to deliver high impact, to bring higher footfall, to deliver better trading and contribute to a sustainable town centre for local businesses. With the public design & consultation on the high street £2mil investment starting after these elections, you need a strong voice to deliver change.

.We’re looking forward, not backwards, for Witney

There is no political impetus to introduce parking charges in West Oxfordshire’s towns and villages. Local Labour councillors have publicly stated no wish to do so and they know how strongly residents feel in favour of free parking.

Parking enforcement in West Oxfordshire is returning to Oxfordshire County Council in line with the rest of Oxfordshire – and this includes responsibility for on-street parking, not carparks. Nevertheless, Witney Labour councillors do not support on-street charges.

Witney High Street – Let’s Improve it Together

Witney High Street is open for business, for active travel, for disabled parking and for soaking up the bustle of the town. Motor vehicles are restricted. Nonetheless, many in the town are worried about Witney’s businesses and worry that the town centre will decline. “Footfall” and takings are down in shops all over Witney.

Your Labour team is listening.

We are here to ensure the town centre is given the attention, design and investment it deserves, as Witney’s centrepiece. Our councils need to reassure people soon to capture everyone’s imagination and to help businesses across town so that patience does not run out. To find the right plan for a Market Town in the 2020s.

Procedurally speaking, West Oxfordshire District Council resolved keep the traffic restrictions on Witney High Street and then Oxfordshire County Council, with responsibility for roads, granted the Road Traffic Orders. Works to make the road junctions safer are being planned. With funding secured, the opportunity exists to enhance the High Street into a space that honours Witney’s heritage and works well for residents’ shopping and community needs.

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