DRIVERS will soon need to have a permit to park in another neighbourhood of Oxford.

Headington Quarry is the latest area of the city where a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is set to be introduced.

The CPZ, hailed for stopping sneaky commuters from leaving their cars on residential streets, will be introduced from Valentine's Day next year.

It is the latest in a series of parking zones introduced through the city, and will mean that residents on most of the main streets through Quarry will have to pay £65 to park on the street outside their homes if they own a car.

These parking restrictions will be enforced by roving traffic wardens and will last between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

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Despite the new charge, residents of Quarry were largely in favour of the plans, with a survey carried out by Oxfordshire County Council showing that 46 per cent, the majority of those who took part, agreed with the new restrictions.

The council's cabinet member for transport and the environment Yvonne Constance signed off on the new CPZ at a meeting on Thursday (November 19).

The local councillor for Headington and Quarry, Roz Smith, spoke in favour of the plans.

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The CPZ sign for Marston South

She said: "I think the scheme will work. I think it will stop the commuter parking and I think along with the trial of the Quarry filter will actually improve the whole area for residents and for those using the Quarry area cycling and walking through from other areas."

But she added she was concerned there would be a knock-on effect for Risinghurst, where commuters may park instead, and said the impact of the new zone needed to be monitored.

Cabinet member Ms Constance also heard arguments for and against another CPZ at Navigation Way, Burgess Mead and Brindley Close, a small cluster of streets on the west side of the Oxford canal from Jericho.

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But Ms Constance agreed that a CPZ was not needed in the area, which is only accessible from one road, usually guarded by a currently malfunctioning electronic bollard.

A local resident Jason Purvor said that there was very little commuter parking in his area despite the broken bollard.

Ms Constance did however approve plans to ban cars from waiting outside St Philip and St James School on Navigation Way.

The cabinet member said: "The intention of the CPZ of course is not the manage the routing of traffic but simply keeping out commuter traffic.

"If there is nowhere to park for free on residential streets we are hoping commuters will realise you don’t drive a car into Oxford you catch a bus or maybe cycle."