Archive for October, 2018

EasyHotel planning decision

The planning application for a budget hotel on the Summertown site currently occupied by Majestic Wine was approved earlier this month. It appears that our local LibDem councillors Andrew Gant and Mike Gotch tried to get the decision reviewed, but they were not able to get the support of the 12 councillors that would be required to trigger a review.

The hotel development is now almost certain to go ahead very soon. The additional footfall in Summertown will no doubt be welcomed by local retailers, especially bars, caf├ęs and restaurants. However, despite the developers’ insistence that it will be a car-free hotel, it seems likely that there may be additional pressure on parking in our area. Should we consider trying to mitigate this? For example, would it be reasonable to lobby the Council to extend the times when our Controlled Parking Zone is in force, including early mornings to discourage use of local on-street parking by hotel guests and oblige them to use Park and Ride or similar facilities?

Let us know your thoughts!

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