RESIDENTS of three Oxford neighbourhoods will soon have to buy parking permits to leave their cars outside their homes, despite huge objection in two of the areas.

Controlled Parking Zones are areas of Oxford where residents have to pay to park on the street outside their homes, placing a sticker in their car window to prove they live there.

They are aimed at stopping commuters from dumping their cars on residential streets and walking the rest of their way to work in the city.

Three new CPZs have been given the go ahead in Sandhills, Marston North, and Waterways near Summertown.

In Sandhills 43 per cent of residents (63 people in total) who took part in a survey about the plans objected to them, the majority, while 24 per cent agreed with them and 7 per cent were ambivalent.

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In Marston North, 57 per cent of residents (out of 158) objected to the plan, while 29 per cent approved and 14 per cent had no concerns.

At a council meeting on Thursday (October 8), Marston resident James Poole said the parking restrictions were not needed.

Speaking on behalf of a group of residents, he said: "We object to its imposition against our wishes. The recommendation that it go ahead against our wishes despite the consultation.

"Like other residents I did not express my full objections at consultation since I assumed the council would go ahead regardless of the consultation as has now been confirmed by the report."

He asked if the CPZ did go ahead to change the parking restrictions on Horseman Lane to run between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Friday, rather than at all times, as was the case with every other of the CPZ.

Glynis Philips, Labour county councillor for Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst said similar schemes for the other areas of her ward needed to be funded to stop commuters from parking in them when they were banned from Sandhills.

A council staff member, Benjamin Smith, said these two CPZs were also planned, and added that CPZs were planning for many areas of the city.

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Mr Smith said the CPZs were needed because of the 'significant growth planned' for Oxford, including new houses in surrounding areas to meet the city's unmet housing need was 'expected to put further pressure on the streets'.

The third CPZ for Waterways had very little discussion, with local Lib Dem county councillor John Howson saying there was little concern about its effects.

Ian Hudspeth, the leader of the council approved all three CPZs.

Mr Hudspeth said work would not go ahead straight away on the new zones in Marston and Sandhills, to allow council staff to find funding and draw up plans for CPZs in nearby areas.