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Verging on a good solution
RESIDENTS have welcomed a £60,000 scheme to add parking spaces on the main route into Rose Hill.
The work to use parts of the grass verge areas for parking in Ashhurst Way will be carried out by Oxford City Council from Monday.
Muddy verges have been a regular issue on the route for many years, with motorists parking on the grass and tearing it up.
The work to end this problem is expected to take four weeks, although council officials insist disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Carole Smith, of Ashhurst Way, said: “Last winter it was not so good, but people have to park somewhere.
“It just didn’t look very attractive.”
Of the new scheme she added: “I think it will be really good.”
Mum-of-one Beth Druce, 19, of Ashhurst Way, said: “It will probably make it look at bit nicer compared to people parking on the kerbs and on the grass.
“Sometimes you get all the mud going across the kerbs.”
Grandmother Sharon Bates, of Dashwood Road, said: “It is a good idea because it will stop people parking on the grass and making a mess.
“It will look nicer. It looks so untidy at the moment.”
The improvements are being added to the road as part of the city council’s Great Estates programme.
Residents in the road have also been given the option to incorporate any new accesses or extensions to existing drop crossings.
Ed Turner, city councillor for Rose Hill, said: “I think people were keen on the Ashhurst Way parking scheme.
“There are a lot of areas where the verges have worn away from people parking on there, so we are putting concrete spaces there that grass can grow through.
“It should keep the greenness but it will be much stronger.”
Louisa Dean, city council spokesman, said the scheme at Ashhurst Way is a verge protection scheme that aims to reduce the amount of mud-churning that occurs to the soft grass surface when vehicles park half-on and half-off them.
“There are no planned road closures and disruption will be kept to a minimum.”
She added: “We have written to everybody that lives on the road to make them aware and also offered them the opportunity to apply for a dropped kerb to give them access to park on their front gardens, where appropriate, at a discounted rate.”
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