Over the summer Vale of White Horse District Council’s Cabinet agreed to amend the district’s parking policy, including measures to encourage the use of electric vehicles in order help tackle the climate emergency, and changes to parking in Rye Farm and Hales Meadow car parks in Abingdon.
The council is now giving people the chance to have their say before the new parking policy is finalised early in 2021. The council will also seek comments from statutory consultees such as the Police, the
highways authority and town and parish councils.
The following changes are being proposed:
- Additional parking for electric vehicles and powers to issue fines for parking non-electric vehicles in electric charging bays, or for leaving an electric vehicle in the bay when it’s not charging
- removing the parking for lorries in the Rye Farm car park, Abingdon and creating more spaces for smaller vehicles
- formalising the parking bays in Hales Meadow car park, Abingdon for coaches and campervans
To find about more about the proposals and to take part in the consultation please visit www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/parking. The consultation is open until Thursday 19 November.
Cllr Andrew Crawford, Cabinet Member for finance and corporate assets at Vale of White Horse District Council, said:
“One of our key priorities as a council is to do what we can to address the climate emergency. Reducing vehicle emissions will play a significant part in this and so among the changes we are putting forward for our car parks are measures to help encourage people to make the switch from gas and diesel vehicles to electric.
We now want to hear what people think of our proposals before we finalise them early next year as part of our new parking policy.”