MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2015 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30 PM
PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chairman), Carr, Dalton, Birks, Lamont, Stephens, Coveley and
Officer: The Clerk
Also present: Cty Cllr Ann Purse and 5 members of the public
The clerk reported that between 2006 and 2009 the Parish Council had attempted to take adverse possession of the land in front of the old toilet block.
At the Parish Council meeting of May 2009 a letter from Mr Barnatt (the Parish Council’s solicitor at the time) was read suggesting that before he sent the additional £190 cheque to the Land Registry the Parish Council might like to consider a recent not dissimilar case where the land Registry had refused adverse possession.
It had been agreed to discontinue our claim through Mr Barnatt and tell him not to send the £190 to the Land Registry.
It was AGREED that this matter be placed on the next F&GP Agenda
The Finance and general Purposes Committee at its January meeting agreed to fund a fourth VAS to be located at the bottom of Ladder Hill (facing north).
It was Agreed that the signs on Ladder Hill should be attached to:
THE LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN 4.
OCC has opened consultation on the draft of Connecting Oxfordshire, the new Local Transport Plan for Oxfordshire. You can access the consultation by following the links on the Connecting Oxfordshire web page: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/connectingoxfordshire
The Connecting Oxfordshire policies and strategies are presented in several volumes. Their contents are outlined on the consultation web page, and are summarised briefly below:
It was AGREED that a review of the paths and cycle routes through the village should be reviewed. This to be placed on the next TRAC agenda.
Mr Francis had responded in January that “Further to the site meeting in July 2014, a further meeting at the site took place in December 2014 which was attended by the developer’s consultants, a representative of Thames Valley Police, myself and Anthony Kirkwood to review safety at the site. No specific safety issues were identified at this meeting, the site has been closely monitored following the installation of the crossings and no injury accidents have been reported.
We appreciate the Parish Councils concerns and propose to install pedestrian crossing warning signs on the approaches to the crossing from both the London Road direction and Holton direction, these should be installed in the near future. We will continue to monitor the site but unfortunately we have no funding available for further measures at this time”.
The committee was disappointed with this response. Councillors were under the impression that they would be invited to this meeting and weren’t. The Parish Council should put pressure on the Highways to make sure that the signs promised were actually installed. The suggestions made re improving site lines should again be pressed for. Brookes University said that they would undertake a review of the scheme. The County should be asked if that review has taken place and if it hasn’t are they going to undertake it.
In his e-mail of January 2015 Mr Francis went on to say “Tony and I have also visited the proposed pedestrian crossing site in Station Road, we considered there to be significant site constraints which would make the installation of a crossing at this location extremely difficult, I have researched the personal injury accident history at this location and can confirm that there have been no such accidents within the last five years.”
The committee was again disappointed with the County Council’s response. It was agreed that a letter should be sent thanking them for their response but stating that the Parish Council does not accept their reasoning and they believe that this is a dangerous crossing point for pedestrians making their way to the Primary school and to the shops.
The F&GP committee had agreed the new price for the alterations to the corner. It would now cost £5,049.99 net of VAT.
The clerk had been assured by Mark Francis that a VAT receipt would sent when the Parish Council’s check was received and the money would not be lost should he work continue in to the next financial year.
The clerk had spoken to Mark Francis (OCC Highways) and between them they had agreed that there would be three additional stretches of double yellow lines – one would be across the entrance to the Merry Bells car park and the remaining two would remove two car parking spaces. This would allow buses to pull in to the left to avoid oncoming traffic. Mr Francis was about to apply for Traffic Order.
The closure of this road was causing a great deal of unrest amongst residents in the
east end of the village who lived along the diversion route and High Street traders
who had lost a substantial amount of trade. Councillors and residents had been pressing for better signage to warn motorists of the pedestrians along the stretch of Crown Road without a pavement and even to rescind the road closure. County Councillor Nimmo-Smith (Cabinet Member for Transport) and Mr Peter Ronald (OCC Highways Officer) had paid site visits in recent days to see for themselves.
On Monday 9th Feb the traffic lights were moved to the junction of London Road and Holloway Road. These caused gridlock in Wheatley on Monday evening and again on the Tuesday morning with tailbacks on to the A40. The clerk contacted the Highways Department to report the matter. In the meantime Wheatley Park School reported that parents stuck on the A40 were letting their children out to walk to school
It is understood that OCC did send somebody out to investigate and the delays had not been as serious since. The work would be continuing for two more weeks or so.
The meeting closed at 8.48pm