Tuesday, 24 October 2017

No chance of crossing

A PEDESTRIAN Crossing will not be installed in a busy Henley street because the pavement is

A PEDESTRIAN Crossing will not be installed in a busy Henley street because the pavement is not wide enough.

A traffic survey in New Street also found that there were no speeding issues.

Residents and councillors have raised the issue of drivers speeding in Bell Street as they turn the corner into New Street, where the limit is 30mph.

There have been a number of near-misses involving pedestrians near the junction.

But David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for environment on Oxfordshire County Council, told a meeting of Henley’s traffic advisory committee there was nothing that could be done.



He said: “The pavement at the Asquiths corner isn’t wide enough for the pole and for buggies to go past.

“We did a traffic speed assessment and there wasn’t an issue in New Street.” Councillor Paul Harrison, who chairs South Oxfordshire District Council, said lorries regularly clipped the side of the teddy bear shop.

Committee member Hugh Legh added: “It is no different than Hart Street. They [the roads] were never designed to take that amount of traffic.”

In June, Joan Bland, who runs Asquiths, reported witnessing a near-miss when a couple crossed the road and the man tripped on the uneven road surface as a lorry came round the corner at speed. He broke his fall on one of her plant pots.

In December 2014, Judi-Ann Roscoe, who lives in New Street, called for safety measures after being injured in a collision. She was crossing the road when she was struck by a van turning right from Bell Street. The impact sent her flying into the road and left her with painful bruises.



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