Many of us have concerns about traffic problems in the village. The Parish Council has received correspondence expressing specific concerns and we have discussed these at our regular council meetings, with our District and County councillors and with the Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department.
We are now at the stage where OCC has agreed to visit the village to discuss these problems and to offer advice on possible solutions. What we need now is to have as many views and suggestions from you as possible.
From the problems that we are aware of, we have chosen the following to concentrate on in the hope that we stand a better chance of success by starting with a short list. The ones chosen are:
· Reducing the speed of traffic and tackling speeding with the possibility for a 20mph zone through the village. There are also other measures that we will seek advice on such as electronic speed monitoring and traffic calming infrastructure.
· The problems from inconsiderate parking causing obstruction to passing traffic, driveways and pavements, particularly on the stretch of road in front of Cherry Orchard and beyond to the T-junction. These can result in delays, especially when lorries cannot pass by parked cars; slowing the passage of emergency vehicles; and the danger from, or to, vehicles coming around the bend into Cherry Orchard from vehicles pulling out around parked cars.
· Concerns regarding people using the village as a short cut (‘rat-running’) have been raised for some time. Previous proposals to solve this by shutting the Holloway or making it one way have not been sufficiently supported in the past to take them forward. This and other possible solutions can be looked at again.
· The S-bend just before Cherry Orchard and the curve before the entrance to the old golf course can be hazards from oncoming vehicles cutting into the opposite lane. Many of us will have experienced this, it is particularly dangerous when vehicles are going too fast around the bends.
Approval and implementation of any measures are in the power of OCC but would be at our cost. At this stage we are just seeking advice, nothing would be introduced without a proper consultation with the village.
The next meeting of the Council is on 18 October at 6:30pm in the Reading Room. We encourage anyone with strong views on this to come to the meeting and raise them in person* or to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your points are included in the discussion. Additionally, any of us would be pleased to discuss traffic problems with you informally.
Great Coxwell Parish Council.
*Unfortunately, there will be a limit on attendance given Covid-related restrictions for the Reading Room.