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Petition against pavement parking

Parked cars in East Oxford
Residents have said they will fight plans to formalise pavement parking

East Oxford residents have presented an 800-signature petition to Oxfordshire County Council to protest against parking on pavements.

The Divinity Road Area Residents' Association has said a proposed new parking scheme is 'unacceptable'.

"It's not safe and it's extremely inconvenient," said Anthea Holme, who uses a motor scooter.

The County Council will present its final design for the controlled parking zone for East Oxford in June.

The council wants to formalise pavement parking on some streets as part of its strategy to improve traffic congestion.

It has told residents that if drivers were forced to park on the road, it would have to reduce the number of parking spaces to make room for moving cars.

However, residents have said they will fight the proposals.

"Our pavements are narrow enough as it is - and we don't want to lose them to parked cars," said Lynne Trenery of the Divinity Road Area Residents' Association.

"We are also concerned that if cars are allowed to park on the pavement the road width will be widened and this will encourage cars to drive faster."

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