Traffic measures on Witney High Street
Traffic measures on Witney High Street

Parking – Labour backs Free Parking

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

The one exception is Woodstock. Woodstock Town Council has worked with the County Council to introduce town centre charges in order to make parking more available for residents. Woodstock has a level of tourism and local popularity unique in West Oxfordshire.

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.

Is the Conservative Party’s best idea for a conversation in the run-up to an election to allege that free parking is under threat?  Your Labour councillors and candidates, in contrast, have put forward a wealth of constructive ideas on a broad range of issues.

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. When funding is 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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