It’s easy to get lost in the long and complicated arguments over flooding and planning objections.
But one thing stands out, very, very clear, and very, very important:
There is no need to increase capacity at Seacourt P&R. Oxford has more than enough parking, including enough park and ride.
This is despite the opening of the new Westgate shopping area. If the parking isn’t needed then why does the Council want to spend over £4 million of your, public, money on it? Never mind that it will sit largely unused, and be subject to flooding, and expensive pumping out, maintenance and repair. No, we don’t understand it either.
We looked at online data two days ago, Monday 4 December, 3 weeks before Christmas. At the busiest time, 2pm, there were over 2,700 empty spaces, many in park and rides. Seacourt and nearby Redbridge had 538 empty spaces between them.
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See also our letter to the Oxford Times
For more detail look at these reports: