South Oxfordshire District Council is exploring whether to take over
on-street parking enforcement in the district.
The council is contacting Oxfordshire County Council (the highways
authority), which is responsible for formally applying for powers and then
delegating civil parking enforcement responsibilities, to find out whether
this could be possible.
Councillors have also asked for work to be carried out to look at the
business case involved in the district council taking over enforcement,
including costs and projected income.
Thames Valley Police is currently responsible for this across most of South
Oxfordshire, apart from a small number of spaces in Wallingford, which the
district council deals with, and some areas of Henley, which the town
council is responsible for.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member
for Housing and Environment, said: “We’re very mindful that problems do
exist with on-street parking in some areas of South Oxfordshire. That’s why
we’re taking this issue seriously, not only by contacting by liaising with
the police and partner organisations, but by exploring whether we should
apply to take over responsibility for enforcement.
“We’re working on this and there’s lots to be considered. In the meantime,
I’d like to encourage motorists to park responsibly and help to keep our
towns and villages moving.”