There was a wide-ranging discussion of issues surrounding a proposed 20mph zone through the village at a second meeting with county council consultant Colin Davis and local councillors.
Those attending the ‘virtual’ meeting were Mr Davis, county councillor Dr Pete Sudbury, district councillor Sam Casey-Rerhaye, the chairman of the parish council Gordon Rogers, and councillors Steve Brown, Peter Rose, Sally Duff and Liz Yuille.
Mr Davis said there had been an encouraging response from councillors and the public to the first meeting. He said the community could play a role in the proposal, helping with design, landscaping, planting, local building contractors and after-care. More details concerning insurance issues will be discussed at this Friday afternoon’s ‘virtual’ meeting.
Mr Davis said the character of the village was also an important factor. He said the aim was keep costs down because the county council would be short of money, post Covid-19.
The proposed new Didcot to Culham Science Park road and river crossing would act as a kind of bypass for Long Wittenham but traffic would still use the village as the Ladygrove estate continued its expansion.
During the discussion Mr Davis asked for more details of the Community Hub plans for a new school, village hall and homes off Didcot Road. He was also interested in the proposed new cycle and pedestrian path linking Long Wittenham with the Barley Mow car park.
Mr Davis also wants to hear about the difficulties cyclists face in the village and which areas in particular prove a hindrance. If traffic was slower would it encourage more cycling including children?