Thursday, 24 August 2017

Walkers at risk from drivers at road entry

PEDESTRIANS are at risk from drivers exiting a private road in Henley, it has been claimed.

PEDESTRIANS are at risk from drivers exiting a private road in Henley, it has been claimed.

Drivers have a right of way over the pavement into and out of Norman Avenue, off Reading Road, but there are no signs warning people walking past.

Nora Scanlon, secretary of the Henley Society, wrote to the town council’s traffic advisory committee warning of the danger.

She wrote: “I would like to draw your attention to the traffic lights at the bottom of Norman Avenue.

“While drivers coming down the avenue in the direction of Reading Road are aware of these lights, pedestrians approaching from either side along the pavement are not and there is nothing to alert them to the presence of traffic crossing the pavement.



“Further the white lines on Norman Avenue, which show drivers where to stop when approaching the traffic lights, have worn away.

“The society is concerned that this situation presents a danger to the public and would ask that it be rectified as soon as possible.”

Speaking at a meeting of the committee, Keith Stenning, area steward for Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, said: “The lines are there because a private property put them there. It is not for us to maintain them.”

Town and county councillor David Nimmo Smith added: “The pavement belongs to the county but they [the residents] have a right of way over it. I will write back to say there is not much we can do about it.”



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