A 20mph zone through Long Wittenham is edging closer. The village is one of three areas in South Oxfordshire chosen as pilot schemes to reduce traffic speeds and pollution as part of the ‘Green’ agenda.
Last week, parish councillors met county council consultant Colin Davis who is heading a special task force designed to examine ways of making communities safer and more environmentally friendly.
Mr Davis welcomed the parish council’s determination to tackle traffic speeds and help the environment. Another meeting is planned, by which time the council will have provided information on traffic flows and speeds to support the project.
The ‘20s Plenty’ plan has the backing of the village’s county councillor, Dr Pete Sudbury, who was successful in winning all-Party support for a motion to reduce traffic speeds.
He said: “I welcome this initiative and hope the parish council and villagers will pursue the project to make the village safer. The Department for Transport will not stand in the way and the county council fully supports such schemes”.
Parish council chairman Gordon Rogers said: “For years the council has received complaints from villagers worried about speeding traffic particularly along Didcot Road. An opportunity has presented itself which the council wants to seize with both hands and involve villagers in the scheme”.
A raised pedestrian crossing and new traffic calming measures in Didcot Road are expected this Summer to improve safety and access to the Vanderbilt development off Fieldside. Chicanes and road humps have been in place for nearly twenty years along High Street. Although they reduce speed they also contribute to noise and pollution.
Passing lorries and farm vehicles can cause structural damage to nearby homes. The parish council says it will be interesting to explore new and alternative measures which lend themselves to the village environment.
A video about traffic calming in rural villages can be viewed at: https://publicrealm.org/traffic-calming-in-rural-villages/
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