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Traffic and Roads Advisory Committee 17th April 2013

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 17TH APRIL 2013 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: G Birks (Chairman), R J Reilly, E Bailey& C Dalton

ANY MEMBER WITH AN INTEREST TO DECLARE IN ANY AGENDA ITEM WAS REMINDED TO DO SO IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING IN THE BOOK PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE. CLLR BAILEY DECLARED AN INTEREST IN ITEM 7

  1. 1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN – Cllr Birks was proposed by Cllr Reilly and seconded by Cllr Dalton. As there were no further nominations Cllr Birks was duly elected

2.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Anderson, Bell, Carr Coveley and Stacey

3.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Cllr Bailey had declared an interest in item 7 (Bell Lane)

4.  MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 1ST FEBRUARY 2012 – circulated previously and with this Agenda were signed as a correct and accurate record

5.  UPDATE ON MINUTES

i)       Minute 12(ii) – Pedestrian Safety measures in Church Road

ii)       Outcome of meeting with Highways and Arriva –  Cllrs Reilly, Bell and the clerk had met with Mark Frances of OCC Highways and Mr Nigel Roughton of Arriva bus company. The only thing that the Highways could offer (with the Parish paying) was to remove two parking spaces on the south side to allow vehicles especially buses a larger space to pull in to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

The Chairman said she felt the original initiative for pedestrian safety had been lost sight off. It should also be remembered that this road was a National Cycle Route.

Following a lengthy discussion the committee felt unable to make a recommendation to the Council at this point in time.

iii)       Minute 12(ii) – Wheatley Primary School Travel Plan – outcome of meeting – no further information.

iv)       Minute 12(v) – Pedestrian access to Asda. Asda had significantly improved the access for pedestrians from the petrol station to the main entrance. This was seen as a success for the Parish Council and its lobbying of the Asda management

6.   PROPOSED CHANGE OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE WHEATLEY

CAMPUS OF BROOKES UNIVERSITY

The clerk had received up to date plans from the District Council and he would check that the safety measures the Parish Council expected were still in the plans

It was understood that work would start on the new entrance in the school summer holidays

7. TO CONSIDER A PEDESTRIAN FOOTWAY AROUND THE ROUNDHOUSE CORNER AT JUNCTION OF HOLLOWAY ROAD WITH CHURCH ROAD

The clerk had contacted OCC Highways to see if there was any likelihood of this scheme being reinstated in the new Financial year. He had been told it was one of three schemes on which the Area Steward was waiting for a decision.

8.  TO CONSIDER REQUESTING ‘NO ENTRY’ BE PUT ON THE BELL LANE ROAD SURFACE AT ITS ENTRANCE FROM THE HIGH STREET.

Following a discussion it was decided not to take further action at this point but to monitor the situation

9.  TO CONSIDER ITEMS OF BUSINESS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

Infrastructure funding from SODC – following the previous Monday’s F&GP the Clerk had tried to further information about the process of applying for funding from SODC but had not been unable to contact the officer concerned. The committee agreed that a pedestrian crossing by the co-op should be part of the village’s application.

The co-op forecourt was looking rather sad and run down and was agreed the Parish Council should write and as for it to be tidied up

Cllr Lamont had submitted an e-mail about the fading of the road markings and the poor condition of the road surface of the pedestrian crossing by Anson Close. It was agreed to write to OCC Highways about this matter and also bring to their attention the poor condition of the lines across the road at the bottom of Station Road.

10.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 24th July 2013 at 7.30pm in the Parish  Office

The meeting closed at 8.30pm