Cars parked illegally outside religious centre during Friday prayers

Some of the cars could be seen with yellow tickets on Friday afternoon <i>(Image: Contributed)</i>
Some of the cars could be seen with yellow tickets on Friday afternoon (Image: Contributed)

Several cars have been given tickets for parking illegally outside a religious centre during Friday prayers.

A householder in Marston has taken photos and complained about people parking along the double yellow lines outside the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Marston Road, Oxford.

Multiple vehicles could be seen with yellow parking tickets on Friday lunchtime in what has been described as an ongoing issue.

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Richard Makepeace, the registrar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies said: “We make every effort to persuade those attending Friday prayers to park considerately and put out warning cones to deter inappropriate behaviour.

“But, we do not have any authority to enforce street parking regulations if our strong advice is ignored. Only the council or police can do that.”

When Thames Valley Police was approached for comment, a spokesman said they believe parking enforcement with regards to parking on double yellow lines in Oxford would fall to Oxfordshire County Council.

A county council spokesman said: "Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for civil parking enforcement, which includes enforcing the restrictions on double yellow lines.

"Our enforcement officers have made more than 150 visits to Marston Road so far this year and 14 penalty charge notices (PCN) have been issued.

"A further 28 vehicles drove away while a PCN was in the process of being issued.

"However, the majority of vehicles parked on double yellow lines in this location display Blue Badges, which entitles them to park legally for up to three hours."

The University of Oxford has confirmed the building is nothing to do with them despite Google indicating it is a university site.