Monday, 23 October 2017

Councillors worried about speeding cars at crossroads

A CROSSROADS in Peppard has been labelled dangerous by parish councillors.

A CROSSROADS in Peppard has been labelled dangerous by parish councillors.

They are concerned about speeding drivers coming off the B481 at the junction with Blounts Court Road.

Councillor Tony Rancombe said drivers swept into the open junction from the main road when travelling south towards Reading.

He said: “As far as I can see the resident lives very close to the junction with the B481 right near the start of the road.

“Once you get about 100m down that road there is no pavement at all, just a verge.



“On the other side there is nothing but verge, so there’s not much we can do about that. You could perhaps build a footpath on that side.

“Some people suggest flashing signs but they only have an impact for a day or two.” Councillor Veronica Treacher said: “I have never seen anyone walking on that part of the path near the junction. However, further down towards the Sonning Common end it’s treacherous. People have to walk there because there are houses there.”

Councillor Fiona Berry said the issue had been raised before but there was no record of accidents there.

She said: “That junction is one that a lot of people are concerned about but until now there have been no injuries there.

“It’s not considered to be dangerous from a planning perspective.”

Vice-chairman Simon Crouch suggested commissioning a speed survey on Blounts Court Road.

Cllr Berry agreed, saying: “It makes sense because having data helps. It has been useful in previous situations.” Cllr Rancombe added: “We want the data to be bulletproof. Regardless of speed, it is dangerous to walk down there.”

The council will seek advice from Oxfordshire County Council about locations for speed monitoring devices.

Meanwhile, a speed survey commissioned by the parish council showed that 10 per cent of drivers using the B481 broke the 30mph speed limit by at least 10mph.

Councillors in neighbouring Sonning Common have already expressed concern.

Councillor Colin Reynolds said: “I feel people do not really mean to do it but it is a faster stretch of road.

“I have been overtaken on that road when I was driving at the speed limit. It’s also a good vision road.”

The survey also showed that more than half of drivers (54 per cent) were using the B481 to travel between Reading and the M40. “It is assumed that this is because the B481 is a route from Reading to the M40,” said the report.

“It is possible that an additional bridge will increase this usage and the south Oxfordshire villages act as a gateway to routes further north.”

• Plans to ban parking in Blounts Court Road by using single yellow lines have been scrapped.

Residents of Butlers Yard had planned to pay up to £5,000 for the work after complaining about people parking in the entry road to their street.

Johnson Matthey and the parish council had put forward a total of £750, which will now be returned.

Councillor Simon Crouch said the residents had changed their minds when they learned they would also have to pay VAT.

“The extra 20 per cent made it too much for them,” he added.



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