Residents parking in streets around the town centre in Banbury took a step forward today after a petition launched by local Councillor Eddie Reeves was formally presented to Oxfordshire County Council.
Having been contacted by a number of residents about inconsiderate parking and traffic concerns on residential streets in his Division Eddie drafted a series of proposals to improve residents parking provision, reduce traffic speeds, and expand local active travel options and wrote to residents on Bath Road, Beargarden Road, Berrymoor Road, Bloxham Road (part), Broughton Road, Crouch Street, Gilkes Yard, Hornbeam Close, Milton Road, New Road, West Bar Street, and Westbeech Court to inform them of his campaign and ask for their support.
The response was overwhelmingly positive with over 100 local residents backing Eddie’s proposals and signing his petition.
Owing to Council procedure, Eddie was unable to present the petition to the Council himself but a local resident did so on behalf of the respondents.
Speaking afterwards Eddie said: “Traffic and inconsiderate parking are increasing problems for town centre residents. I am grateful to everyone that engaged with the petition and was pleased we were able to make such a strong case for better residents parking, safer traffic speeds and improved cycling infrastructure. Residential parking on Crouch Street, Beargarden Road and West Bar Street has been agreed in principle, subject to confirmation by the next administration following the outcome of the local elections in May.
I very much hope I will be re-elected so that I can see this scheme, and other improvements to the area, come to fruition. As a town centre resident myself, I know how needed and welcome these changes would be.”