Monday, 23 October 2017

Residents want area to be given ‘identity’

A MAN from Watlington has renewed his campaign to give his road an “identity”.

A MAN from Watlington has renewed his campaign to give his road an “identity”.

Peter Richardson, who lives on the Howe Hill stretch of the B481, launched the campaign because he feared the area could miss out on infrastructure improvements as it is more than two miles from Watlington and is not officially recognised like places such as Park Corner and Greenfield.

He says the results of a survey of his fellow residents shows the issue is their main concern. Ninety-five per cent of the 22 households which responded to the questionnaire were in favour of an identity for the road.

Mr Richardson said: “The results are very encouraging because everybody seems to be very positive.

“It shows that people do care, which is unsurprising because we don’t want to miss out on fast broadband and other things just because we don’t have a name.”

The Oxfordshire Rural Community Council recommended that Mr Richardson distributed a survey to find out if other homeowners approved of his idea.

He has sent the survey results to Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Watlington Parish Council and hopes the parish council will allow him to produce a community- led plan which could work in conjunction with the Watlington neighbourhood plan.

The survey showed that residents’ other priorities included having Howe Hill road signs at the entrance and exit of the settlement and faster broadband (both 91 per cent) and overhanging branches (90 per cent).

A 40mph speed limit was introduced by the county council earlier this year and 87 per cent of households were also in favour of white marker gates and roundels being added.

Mr Richardson said: “In order for the speed limit to be effective, it has got to be seen and anything that alerts people to the fact that they are entering an area where there are houses has got to be a good thing.”

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