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Traffic and Roads Advisory Committee 26th November 2014

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2014 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30 PM
PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chairman), A Davies, D Lamont, J Coveley & G.Stephens

Officer: The Clerk

Also present: Cty Councillor Anne Purse and 5 members of the public
34. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Bell, Bailey, Carr, Dalton Birks and Stacey
35. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – none
36. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 15th OCTOBER 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record with the following amendment:
Minute 28, penultimate line – insert spoken’ between ‘having ‘and ‘to’.
37. UPDATE ON MINUTES OF 15TH OCTOBER 2014
i) Minute 24(i) – Footway around the Roundhouse and new entrance in to recreation ground. The work to the wall had been completed and the installation of the gate was awaited. The double yellow lines had still not been repainted. The clerk to write to the Area Steward.
ii) Minute 24 (ii) – Vehicle speed and Volume measurement – The figures had been circulated but councillors felt that some of the statistics were confusing. The clerk had received, since the agenda went out, a second more complete set. He would send these to Cllr Reilly
iii) Minute 15(iv) – Land by old toilet block. Mark Francis had written to the council stating that “With regard to the extending the highway on the corner of the access road adjacent to the shops in the High Street, I have looked at our definitive maps and it looks as though the extent of public highway is only a footway width so I regret that this would not be possible.” The council to try other methods to ascertain ownership of the land on the corner of the junction
iv) Minute 31 – correspondence with High Street resident re collision with property by a HGV. Unfortunately OCC Trading Standards had written to say that they “currently have limited resources for weight restriction enforcement work.
One thing that would assist us greatly would be for you to provide us with evidence of potential breaches.”
It was agreed that a request be put in the newsletter for residents to take photographs, registration numbers and lorry firm names and report either to OCC Trading Standards or the Parish Council.

38. TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF SPEEDING VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE
Location and cost of Vehicle Activated Signs
The following locations have been suggested:
1) The post at the top of Ladder Hill Northbound into the village. Number is obliterated but it is just before the downward incline and currently has our Police speeding area sign attached.
2) Bottom of ladder hill going south (Uphill) either one of two posts numbers 9 & 10 which are opposite the entrance to Howe Close. Both these would require vegetation to be cut back. Number 9 is probably best because there is another sign just in front of No 10.
3) London Road east bound No 3 which is opposite the end of St Mary’s close
4) London Road westbound from Asda, No 36 which is located outside Wheatley car centre

Mr Francis (OCC) had said that locations 1, 3 & 4 looked fine. However referring to location 2 he had written:” it is unusual to install a VAS for traffic exiting a village (especially uphill and heavily traffic calmed), I would suggest that it should be installed on lamp column 6 and be for northbound traffic, this would then cover the turning into Bell Lane.”
The committee however were not convinced and would look at the traffic statistics.
The clerk would contact OCC lighting department to find out the costs involved.
39. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT JUNCTION OF STATION ROAD AND HIGH STREET.
Mr Francis had replied to the Parish Council that he would prefer to look at the possibility of a crossing in Station Road at the same time he attended the safety audit reported in Minute 40 (below)
40. TO CONSIDER THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR PEDESTRIANS AT THE PARK HILL/LONDON
ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
Mr Francis (OCC) had informed the council that there was to be a formal safety audit carried out on behalf of the developer. Mr Kirkwood (OCC) and Mr Francis had asked to attend the audit.
41. TO REPORT ON PROGRESS IN THE ALTERATIONS TO THE BELL LANE/ STATION ROAD JUNCTION
A query was raised on exactly where the dropped kerbs would be it was hoped that they would ‘naturally’ lead pedestrians in to the Memorial Gardens.

42. TO REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE EXTENSION OF YELLOW LINES ON SOUTH SIDE OF CHURCH ROAD BETWEEN FRIDAY LANE AND HOLLOWAY ROAD.
Mark Francis (OCC Highways Engineer)was under the impression that 3 lengths of double yellow lines would be installed. But the clerk’s and other councillors present at the site meeting believed that only two lengths had been requested.
43. TO CONSIDER REQUESTING A DISABLED PARKING SPACE OUTSIDE THE CO-OP PHARMACY ON THE HIGH STREET
It was Agreed not to proceed with this proposal at this time.

44. TO REPORT ON TRAFFIC VOLUME COUNT TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE VILLAGE
– NOTED
OCC be carrying out the below traffic surveys on Wednesday 26th November 2014 from 7.00am to 7.00pm:-
Church Road/London Road Junction O/S Kings Arms Public House
London Road/Holloway Road Junction near Health Centre
Church Road/Holloway Road Junction near Recreation Ground
Ladder Hill South of Farm Close Road
45. TO CONSIDER ACTION ON WEIGHT RESTRICTION VIOLATIONS AS SUGGESTED BY OCC TRADING STANDARDS.
46. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 7th January 2015