DIDCOT Town Council is set to ask if it can take charge of parking enforcement in the town.

Councillors are planning to ask South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils if they can take the responsibility for implementing civil parking enforcement on public roads.

The idea was proposed at a council meeting on July 17 after residents delivered a petition demanding action was taken to solve Didcot's chronic parking problems.

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Residents of Orchard and All Saints wards called on the council to introduce residents' parking permit schemes.

After noting that the council had already agreed that some new type of enforcement was needed, they wrote: "We urge Didcot Town Council to build on this agreement by achieving a successful and workable scheme as quickly as possible.

"The scheme should respect the needs of residents and their visitors, is reasonable in cost (if any), should allow for flexible short-term parking in the town and make illegal parking into a civil rather than a criminal matter.

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"We ask for adequate consultation with all Didcot residents before the scheme is finalised."

In response, councillors drafted a motion to ask district councils for permission to take control of parking enforcement on a 'street-by-street' basis.

This response will now be considered by the council at a meeting on September 2. Members of public are welcome to attend.