Friday, 20 July 2018

Roundabout and one-way system proposed for Goring

A ONE—WAY system with a mini—roundabout could be installed in Goring.

A ONE—WAY system with a mini—roundabout could be installed in Goring.

The parish council has agreed to seek advice on trialling a raft of measures to reduce congestion and pollution in the village centre.

These may include a one—way system in which vehicles could only drive in a westerly direction along High Street between Cleeve Road and Manor Road.

A mini—roundabout might be built at the junction with the latter, in front of the Miller of Mansfield restaurant.

Meanwhile, vehicles heading eastwards from Streatley would turn left up Thames Road, follow it into Glebe Ride and Cleeve Road then emerge back into High Street.

A pedestrian crossing could also be set up outside The Arcade in High Street.

The scheme has been proposed by Councillor David Brooker, who says traffic in Goring has worsened over the past six years.

In 2009, a Goring and Streatley Amenity Association survey found that more than 4,000 vehicles passed along High Street every day. Earlier this year, the parish council carried out research which found that figure had increased to more than 5,000.

Cllr Brooker says businesses are suffering because elderly residents and parents with young children are afraid to cross the road while out shopping.

In the section where High Street narrows to a single lane, he says vehicles often mount the pavement to pass each other instead of stopping to give way.

Additionally, he says, delivery lorries often park on the pavement and leave their engines running, which pollutes the air and creates an obstacle.

The proposal would need a temporary traffic restriction order from Oxfordshire County Council and the parish council says it is open to the authority’s suggestions. At a full meeting last week, Cllr Brooker said: “Vehicles seem to take precedence over pedestians in the centre of Goring. The car park off Station Road is seen as the heart of the village and that isn’t right.

“Businesses think a pedestrian crossing would improve trade because people with impaired mobility struggle to cross High Street. This will be a sensitive issue but we need to make the village a better environment.”

Councillor Kevin Bulmer, the parish council chairman and Goring’s county councillor, said: “If you’ve only got one row of traffic driving along [the wider section of] High Street, lorries wouldn’t necessarily have to park on the pavement.

“We can’t come up with a detailed scheme tonight but I agree we should be looking to do something. I’m not sure we need a mini—roundabout but I support the principle of asking the county’s advice.

“Nothing would be introduced without an appropriate set of traffic calming measures. However, I think this is one of the most important issues facing the village.” The council also resolved to review the village design guide, which was published in 2011, to fight the growing number of unauthorised signs being put up by shops in High Street.

The businesses are in a conservation area so every sign requires planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council.

Once councillors have reviewed the guide they will advise the owners about which kinds are suitable.

The authority will also ask BT, which installed five high—speed broadband cabinets in roads around High Street last October, to return and restore the pavements to their original colour.

It says they patched up the tarmac at each site in different shades, which spoils the character of the area. Councillor Bulmer said: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get — though I suspect I know what their answer will be.”

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