Monday, 23 October 2017

Nothing has changed in 30 years

LAILA MEACHIN, who chairs Henley Town Council’s traffic advisory committee, said: “I am very sorry to hear about this incident.

LAILA MEACHIN, who chairs Henley Town Council’s traffic advisory committee, said: “I am very sorry to hear about this incident.

“Unfortunately, near-accidents are not recorded or used by Oxfordshire County Council in decision-making about road safety — only actual accidents that are reported to the police are.

“It is very important that if a car even slightly touches a pedestrian who is crossing the road, which we have been told by the police counts as an accident, that it is reported to the police and the council.

“I raised the possibility of a crossing on Gravel Hill at the last committee meeting in January. This was not based on any accident history but on my observation that the area needs a crossing.

“Badgemore School is expanding and we are due to have a new hospital built at Townlands and Gravel Hill is a main artery through Henley. Incoming traffic does not slow down until it is nearer the centre of town and outgoing traffic speeds up before it gets far enough out of town.

“I am very aware of the problem as I used to walk from Ancastle Green to go to school at Badgemore every day and nothing has changed in 30 years, apart from the speed and volume of cars.

“The item was voted down by the group as other items were seen to be more of a priority but due to this new information I will put it back on the agenda for the next meeting in April.

“I cannot promise that anything will happen as highways are the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council, not the town council. The fundamental problem is that the county council has very little money and crossings are very expensive.

“The county council will only consider a crossing where there is an accident record, which is why it is essential to report them.”

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