Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Anger at charge for traffic survey

A WATLINGTON parish councillor has criticised Oxfordshire County Council for charging for a traffic survey.

A WATLINGTON parish councillor has criticised Oxfordshire County Council for charging for a traffic survey.

Rachel Huckvale said she was unhappy that the parish council would almost certainly have to pay for the study into the impact of traffic proposals for the town when the county council was underwriting other consultations.

She spoke out at a meeting to discuss steps to improve air quality in Watlington.

Councillor Tony Williamson asked if a survey could be carried out.

Councillor Jeremy Bell said the issue was important to the town&rsquos neighbourhood plan process, adding: “We&rsquore at a critical point and we need some technical information.”



Watlington&rsquos county councillor Steve Harrod said there was likely to be a charge.

Cllr Huckvale responded: “I think it&rsquos disgusting that two consultations are being paid for and we&rsquore then told there&rsquos no money to pay for things.”

Cllr Bell added: “I believe there&rsquos a moral obligation on the county to help us and I don&rsquot think we should be paying for it.”

Cllr Harrod responded: “It&rsquos an uncomfortable reality of the job I&rsquom doing at the moment. C&rsquoest la vie.”

Councillor Anna Badcock, the parish&rsquos representative on South Oxfordshire District Council, said the solution to the town&rsquos air quality problem was to reduce the seven-tonne weight limit.

“It&rsquos just too big, you can&rsquot possibly monitor and enforce things,” she said.



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