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Traffic and Roads Advisory Committee Wednesday 15th October 2014

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER 2014 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chairman), A Davies, D Lamont, G Birks, J Coveley (from 7.45pm), & J.Carr

Officer: The Clerk

Also present: 4 members of the public

21.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Bailey, Dalton and Bell

22. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST- None

23. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 3rd SEPTEMBER 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

24.  UPDATE ON MINUTES

i)        Minute 15(i) – Footway around the Roundhouse and new entrance in to recreation ground. The yellow line had still not been replaced. The contract for the new entrance had been awarded. But no start date had been announced.

ii)        Minute 15(ii) Vehicle speed and Volume measurement. It was understood that these had been carried out and the result were awaited. There was disquiet over the locations of where the measurements had been taken which were not where the Parish Council had requested them.. The feeling was that where the measurements had been taken would give a false measure of the actual speed achieved by the vehicles and this was a deliberate attempt by the Highways department to show that speed was not an issue.. The clerk to write to the Area Steward asking for the location of the measuring devices and the rationale of those locations.

iii)        Minute 15(iii) – Use of TVP’s Speed Indicator Device. It was not intended to use the device again

iv)        Minute 15(iv) – Land by old toilet block. No plans had been received from Mr Francis. The clerk to follow up.

25.  TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF SPEEDING VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE

Location and cost of Vehicle Activated Signs

Ladder Hill – one at the top facing south(up) and one by Kelham Hall Drive facing   north (down)

London Road – one east of Morland Close facing west and one by the Avenue facing east

Nearest lamppost numbers to be ascertained

26. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT JUNCTION OF STATION ROAD AND HIGH STREET.

The clerk had circulated a survey undertaken by Cllr Dalton at the junction between8.15am and 8.45am on two weekday mornings. Following the request to Mr Francis (OCC) his reply had been ‘I am happy to look at the feasibility of a crossing but again I regret that I will not be able to provide a price for the works’

It was suggested that Mr Francis make a site visit at the same time as he comes out to look at the zebra crossing outside Morland House.

27. TO CONSIDER THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR PEDESTRIANS AT THE PARK HILL/LONDON ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

A site meeting was to be held with Mr Kirkwood and Mr Francis (OCC Highways)

28. TO CONSIDER ALTERATIONS TO THE BELL LANE /STATION ROAD JUNCTION

Mr Francis had written to the Parish Council saying that “Unfortunately it appears that I am no longer able to obtain quotations for works from Skanska without paying them for the time it takes them to carry out the walk & talk and then the time to formulate the quotation….. I am not able to fund this” Cllr Lamont had written back asking if there was any way that he would be able to indicate a rough ball park figure. Mr Francis had replied that having spoken to OCC’s commercial delivery manager, Skanska will now provide a quotation or Bell Lane

29. TO CONSIDER THE RESULT OF THE INFORMAL CONSULTATION THE PARISH COUNCIL CARRIED OUT WITH RESIDENTS ON CHURCH ROAD RE THE EXTENSION OF THE YELLOW LINES ON THE SOUTH SIDED BETWEEN FRIDAY LANE AND HOLLOWAY ROAD

Given the responses, if the County Council went to formal consultation and objections were received then the matter would be referred to the cabinet for a final decision.

Agreed that this be taken to full council for a decision on whether to go ahead and ask for the lines to be installed.

30. TO CONSIDER REQUESTING A DISABLED PARKING SPACE OUTSIDE THE  CO-OP PHARMACY ON THE HIGH STREET

Cllr Carr pointed out that a number of residents had complained that there was no ‘Disabled Parking’ space in the vicinity of the Co-op pharmacy on the High Street. It was agreed that Councillors would look for a suitable location and come back to the next TRAC Committee.

31. TO CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE ON BEHALF OF A HIGH STREET RESIDENT RE  DAMAGE TO PROPERTY CAUSED BY VEHICLES TURNING RIGHT INTO THE HIGH STREET FROM STATION ROAD

An e-mail from the owner of a High Street house was read out. The house had been struck twice in 2014 by lorries turning right from Station Road in to the High Street. The e-mail suggested that the cycle racks and build out outside Taylors be removed and/or vehicle be encouraged to use Farm Close Road/Beech Road/Jackies Lane/Roman Road/Leyshon Road//Ambrose Rise to get to London Road.

The committee whilst sympathising with the owner it was not prepared to remove the build out as it was a pedestrian safety measure or send vehicles, especially lorries, along the route suggested as this has roads at least as difficult as the High Street.

32. TO CONSIDER A FORMAL REQUEST TO OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (HIGHWAYS) TO REVIEW THE EXISTING TRAFFIC MEASURES ON LADDER HILL.

After a discussion on the matter it was decided not to proceed with such a request at this moment in time.

33.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 26th November 2014