Decision details

Oxford: North Parade- proposed permanent access restrictions

Decision Maker: Delegated Decisions by Cabinet Member for Highway Management

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A decision is sought on making permanent the provisions of an experimental traffic regulation order restricting access to the street.



The Cabinet Member for the Highway Management AGREED to:


a)    Approve making permanent the provisions of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) currently in place to allow the current measures to continue beyond the expiry of the ETRO on 11 October 2022.


b)    Instruct officers to investigate amendments to the scheme to address some operational issues identified by respondents to the ETRO consultation and by monitoring by Oxford City Council officers, and to also explore funding options for its ongoing operation.


c)    Instruct officers to report to a future meeting the outcome of the above work and any additional consultation carried out to then allow a decision to be taken on the longer-term future of the scheme.


Reasons for the decision:

This report presents responses received to a statutory consultation on an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO), which created a gated safe area in North Parade Avenue for the community and for businesses to provide hospitality facilities to the public by prohibiting vehicles from part of the street during certain times.

The scheme is supported by the North Parade Residents and Traders Association who have collaborated with the councils during the period of the order.

It should be noted that the provisions of the ETRO are separate to those made for the fortnightly Saturday street market, which were in place prior to the ETRO and which are planned to continue irrespective of the decision made on the latter.

Alternative options considered:

As per report.

Report author: Anthony Kirkwood

Publication date: 08/09/2022

Date of decision: 08/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 08/09/2022 - Delegated Decisions by Cabinet Member for Highway Management

Effective from: 16/09/2022

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